Published at thepoc.net
The Philippines is said to have the longest Christmas celebration in the world as Christmas carols start playing as early as September. But in a strict sense, only four December days are declared as holidays by the government for Filipino workers.
Two weeks before Christmas, Malacanang announced that Dec. 25 and 27 will be regular holidays and Dec. 24 and 31 as special non-working holidays.
December 27 will be this year’s observance of Rizal Day since Dec. 30 falls on a Thursday. This is line with the government’s holiday economics policy under Republic Act 9492 (RA 9492), which states that regular holidays are movable to the nearest Monday. RA 9492 amended Sec. 26, Chapter 7 of Executive Order No. 292 (or the Administrative Code of 1987) which provides for fixed holidays.
The Palace announcement is also in line with Proclamation No. 1841 signed by former president Gloria Arroyo in July 2009. The proclamation provides for the observance of regular holidays and special non-working holidays for this year. Continue reading