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Philippines CNY Annual Public Holiday Bill

Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila)
Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014


Philippines Senator Edgardo Angara has introduced legislation (Senate Bill No. 1908) that would make the ad hoc declaration of Chinese New Year as a one-off public holiday in the Philippines, as was the case in 2012 and 2014, into an annual public holiday in the Philippines.

Interestingly, it was due to a last-minute amendment by Philippines Senator Edgardo Angara, that, 2 years ago (2012-12-27), the Senate of the Philippines 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).

In 2013, Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 (2012-09-01), listing the special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2013, did 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).

In 2014, a public holiday was declared in the Philippines pursuant to Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013 (2013-09-30), signed by Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III, and which lists the annual special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2014.


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