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Philippines CNY Public Holiday Status Change

Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila)
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Following a last-minute amendment by Philippines Senator Edgardo Angara, the Senate of the Philippines has amended the current Chinese New Year public holiday legislation to make Chinese New Year a "working holiday".

Originally, the aforementioned Senate Bill No. 3323 was meant to complement the House Bill 1072 (2012-08-02) and make Chinese New Year an annual non-working holiday in the Philippines, following the previous year's one-off declaration of Chinese New Year as a public holiday in the Philippines, as per Proclamation No. 295, s. 2011 (2011-12-01), which had followed many promises and stillborn bills over the years (2011-01-19, 2011-01-12, 2011-01-03, 2010-01-28, 2009-08-22, 2009-05-14, and 2009-03-14).

For 2013, Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 (2012-09-01), which lists the special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2013, does not include a public holiday for Chinese New Year, because, according to Philippines, deputy presidential spokesperson, Abigail 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" (2012-09-03).

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