Thursday, January 8, 2009

10 More Long Holidays for 2009

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed on December 24, 2008, Proclamation 1699 that lays out the holiday schedule for this year.

Consistent with the President's advocacy of holiday economics to boost domestic tourism and to allow Filipinos to have more time with their families, there will be ten long holidays in 2009.

Holiday economics entails the transfer of some holidays so that Filipinos may enjoy longer weekends. Last year, non religious holidays are moved to the nearest Monday while this year, it's retained or moved to the nearest Monday or Friday. Moving it to a Friday would benefit only government employees and a few private sector with no Saturday work.

( 1)Apr 6 (Mon) - Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) in lieu of April 9
( 2)Apr 9-12 (Thu-Sun)) - four-day Easter holidays
( 3)May 01 (Fri) - Labor Day
( 4)Jun 12 (Fri) - Independence Day
( 5)Aug 21 (Fri) - Ninoy Aquino Day*
( 6)Aug 31 (Mon) - National Heroes Day
( 7)Nov 01 (Sun) - All Saints Day*
Nov 02 (Mon) - All Souls Day*
( 8)Nov 30 (Mon) - Bonifacio Day
( 9)Dec 24 (Thu) - Christmas Eve*
Dec 25 (Fri) - Christmas Day
(10)Dec 30 (Wed) - Rizal Day
Dec 31 (Thu) - New Year's Eve*

*Special Non-Working Days

There is no mention as to declaration of Feb 25 Edsa Revolution Day as special non-working day and date of Eidl Fitr is yet to be announced.

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