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Philippines 2020 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (Manila)
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Yeasterday, Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, signed Proclamation No. 845, s. 2019, which lists the annual special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2020.

The aforementioned announcement of the special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2020, comes much later than most recent years (2018-08-17, 2017-07-19, 2016-08-18, 2015-08-26, 2014-07-23 and 2013-09-30), although historically, the list of non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the coming year has often been released later (2011-12-01, 2010-12-20, and 2009-01-07).

The new annual public holiday for the Chinese New Year, which had been promised for many years (2014-01-31, 2011-01-12 and 2011-01-03), is included in the list of special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2020, as was the case 3 years ago for the first time.

The EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary, which used to be restricted to schools, now seems to be a staple of the general public holidays of the Philippines.

As regards, the dates of Muslim public holidays in the Philippines in 2020, the aforementioned Proclamation 845 states that "The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which these holidays shall respectively fall".

Finally, the list of 2020 public holidays in the Philippines does not mention any electoral public holidays, as the three panels of the Philippines Senate have recently approved moving the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, and traditional one-off non-working public holidays, from May 2020 to May 2023 (2019-09-16).



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