Malacañang has finally issued 10 long holidays for 2009 as President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the Proclamation 1699 last December 24, 2008.
The last 2 week Christmas vacation that President Arroyo signed on has raised complaints from the business sector because they claim that it affected their businesses. However, President Arroyo says that she is implementing holiday economics to boost domestic tourism and that Filipinos can have long vacation with their family after a long year of work.
Regular holidays signed by PGMA are as follows:
April 06 (Monday) - Moved from April 09, Araw ng Kagitingan
April 09-Maundy Thursday
April 10-Good Friday
April 12- Easter Sunday
May 01 (Friday) – Labor Day
June 12 (Friday) – Independence Day
August 31 (Monday) – National Heroes Day
November 30 (Monday) – Bonifacio Day
December 25 (Friday) – Christmas Day
December 30 (Wednesday) - Rizal Day
Other special non working holidays are as follows:
August 21 (Friday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
November 01 (Sunday) – All Saints Day
November 02 (Monday) – All Souls Day
December 24 (Thursday) Additional Non Working day
December 31 (Thursday) – End of the year.
Part of the holiday economics is to transfer the original holiday dates to its nearest date (Monday or Friday) to longer the vacation.
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