Philippines Bonifacio Day Public Holiday Change Ruled-Out
Source:Philippine Information Agency (Manila)
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011
Malacañang, the Philippines' Presidential Palace, has issued a statement ruling out the move of the upcoming Bonifacio Day public holiday from its announced date of Wednesday, November 30, 2011, to the nearest weekend as many had expected based on Republic Act 9492.
Four years ago (2007-07-25), then President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) signed Republic Act 9492, "An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays", which amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order No. 292 (also known as the Administrative Code), instituting the so-called Holiday Economics practice of shifting the observance of most holidays, except those with religious significance, to the nearest Monday.
But, soon after his election (2010-07-12) President Benigno Aquino III announced that he would be reviewing the possibility of requesting Congress to amend the law allowing the moving of legal holidays. Since then he has oscillated between moving and not moving public holidays to the nearest weekend (2010-08-13 and 2010-08-11).
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