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Commenting on the recently-announced list of 2013 public holidays in the Philippines, deputy presidential spokesperson, Abigail Valte, has explained why Chinese New Year was not listed as a public holiday for 2013.
Last week (2012-09-01), the government of the Philippines gazetted Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012, which listed the special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2013, but which did not include a public holiday for Chinese New Year, despite House Bill 1072, which passed last month (2012-08-02).
According to deputy presidential spokesperson Valte: "There is no need to declare the Chinese New Year for 2013 a holiday or nonworking day because it will fall on a Sunday".
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