Aug 5, 2009

DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS AND THE SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS FOR THE YEAR 2009

Manila

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 1699
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS AND THE SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS FOR THE YEAR 2009

WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book 1 of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;

WHEREAS, May 1 (Labor Day) has been celebrated on its exact days as a long cherished tradition of workers who fought very hard to institutionalize such a holiday in the country, as well as an international event celebrated on such exact date;

WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties during All Saints Day, as well as to enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, declaring November 2 (Monday) and December 24 (Thursday) as additional special (non-working) day throughout the country will strengthen the family relationship by providing longer weekends and renew ties for a longer period of time, as well as to promote domestic tourism.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2009 shall be observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays

Maundy Thursday

April 9

Good Friday

April 10

Araw ng Kagitingan

April 6 (Monday), Monday nearest April 9

Labor Day

May 1 (Friday)

Independence Day

June 12 (Friday)

National Heroes Day

August 31 (Monday), Last Monday of August

Bonifacio Day

November 30 (Monday)

Christmas Day

December 25 (Friday)

Rizal Day

December 30 (Wednesday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days

Ninoy Aquino Day

August (Friday)

All Saints Day

November 1 (Sunday)

Additional special (non-working) day

November 2 (Monday)

Additional special (non-working) day

December 24 (Thursday)

Last Day of the Year

December 31 (Thursday)