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Philippines Mulls Public Holidays Reduction

Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (Manila)
Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019

The chairman of the Philippines House Committee on Ways and Means, Joey Salceda, has introduced House Bill 5032 which would reduce the number of annual non-working public holidays in the Philippines to 9.

As per the aforementioned House Bill 5032, the list of annual regular holidays would be reduced to the following: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Eidul Fitr (the end of Ramadan), Labor Day, Independence Day, All Saints’ Day, Bonifacio Day, Christmas Day and Rizal Day.

Interestingly, 2 of the above-mentioned holidays, Labor Day and Rizal Day, would no longer be observed on their fixed date, but rather the corresponding public holiday would be observed on the Monday nearest to May 1 and the Monday nearest to December 30, respectively.

Additionally, House Bill 5032 would allow for two local holidays to be declared by local government, as well as seven non-working holidays" to commemorate their chosen special days based on their cultural, religious, and personal preferences".

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