Source:ABS-CBN News (Manila)
Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Philippines' Presidential Executive Secretary, Leandro Mendoza, has announced that, in a last-minute reversal, President Glorial Macapagal-Arroyo had decided to declare Monday, May 3, 2010, as a special non-working public holiday in lieu of May 1st, Labor Day, which falls on a Saturday this year.
Recall that, no later than yesterday (2010-04-27), Philippines Labor Secretary, Marianito Roque, had issued a statement that the upcoming Labor Day public holiday would be held on Saturday, May 1st, 2010, and that an additional public holiday on May 3rd, was "unlikely to be approved".
Although the 2007 Republic Act 9492, "An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays" signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) dictated that most public holidays be moved to adjoin a nearby weekend (2007-07-25), last year's declaration of the official list of Philippines public holidays for 2010 did not move the observance of Labour Day to the following Monday (2009-07-22).
In addition to Monday, May 3rd, 2010, having been declared a public holiday, the following Monday, May 10, 2010, the date of the upcoming national elections, was earlier declared a one-off public holiday by Philippines President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, as per Proclamation 2020 (2010-03-18).
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