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Philippines Declares Eid al-Adha As National Public Holiday

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (Manila)
Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Philippines President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, has issued Proclamation No. 60 which declares Tuesday, November 16, 2010, as a national non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Eid'l Adha, or feast of sacrifice.

The aforementioned announcement was made after the Saudi authorities to declared the date for the upcoming Eid Al Adha (2010-11-07), as the Philippines has been following the Saudi Umm al Qura calendar for the past couple of years (2009-04-05).

Late last year (2010-01-04), Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA), had signed into law Republic Act 9849 which declared the tenth day of Zhul-Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, a national non-working public holiday to coincide with the annual observance of Eidul Adha.

However, the finality of this announcement had remained in doubt due to the many flip-flops on the issue of the status of the Eid al-Adha public holiday.

In the spring of 2009 (2009-04-05), Proclamation No. 1808, had declared Friday-Saturday, November 27-28, 2009, as nationwide non-working public holidays to mark the celebration of the Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

This was later confirmed in Proclamation 1841 (2009-07-22) which officially declared 10 regular public holidays, four special non-working public holidays and one special public holiday for the calendar year 2010.

Then, late last October, Malacañang Palace issued Proclamation No. 1808-A, which revised Proclamation No. 1808 and declared November 27 and 28, 2009 (Eid'l Adha) as regional non-working public holidays, only to be observed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Based on the text of the aforementioned proclamation, it would appear that the ARMM will not get a second day of public holiday, as was the case last year (2009-10-30).


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