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Philippines Rule-Out April 9 Public Holiday Move
(Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2011)

Source: GMA News Online (Manila)

The Philippines government has announced that the upcoming Araw ng Kagitingan public holiday would be commemorated on a Saturday, April 9, 2011, as originally gazetted.

The aforementioned announcement was made on the Philippines' Official Gazette's Twitter account and refers to the official list of 2011 public holidays in the Philippines, as gazetted in Proclamation 84, signed by President Aquino at the end of last year (20-Dec-2010).

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 (09-Aug-2007 and 25-Jul-2007), 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 (19-Jan-2007), to make the occurrence of public holidays more predictable.

Rumours had been rife about a possible change in the public holidays legislation of the Philippines, ever since 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 (14-Jun-2010).

After President Aquino's inauguration (08-Jul-2010), Philippines Presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, 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.

Since then, the moving (13-Aug-2010), or not (11-Aug-2010), of mid-week, fixed-date, public holidays has been done on a case-by-case basis, albeit after a period of uncertainty (12-Aug-2010).

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