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Philippines Will Not Amend Public Holidays Laws

Source: INQUIRER.net (Manila)
Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: April 6, 2011

Philippines Presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, has issued a statement that the current holiday economics policy would remain in place for the moment, as the new government has "no official position" yet on the issue.

Rumours had been rife about a possible change in the public holidays legislation of the Philippines, ever since, last month (2010-06-14), president-elect, Benigno Aquino III, was quoted as being in favor of repealing the provisions of Republic Act 9492 as they pertain to the, June 12, Independence Day public holiday.

Republic Act 9492 which amends Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order No. 292 (also known as the Administrative Code), was signed into law a couple of years ago (2007-08-09 and 2007-07-25), by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA). The Act made the so-called Holiday Economics, or the practice of shifting holiday observances, into official government policy, and mandated that most holidays, except those with religious significance, will be shifted to the nearest Monday, and codified the previous year's attempt (2007-01-19), to make the occurrence of public holidays more predictable.

The official list of 2011 public holidays in the Philippines has not yet been announced. Last year (2009-07-22) it was announced in the summer, but in previous years it was often announced at the last minute (2008-12-24).

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