Malacanang has declared August 21 2010 as a non-working holiday to commemorate the death of the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. The said declaration, however, created mixed reactions due to advance plans of many Filipinos. Are you also affected by the sudden change of the schedule in commemorating Ninoy Aquino Day?
In 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued a proclamation declaring August 23 2010 as a special holiday in line with RA 9492 or the holiday economics law that requires that most holidays, except those with religious significance, be shifted to the nearest Monday. However, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III used the same provisions from Republic Act 9492 in modifying the Ninoy Aquino Day and changed it to August 21.
“The purpose for observing Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 instead of August 23 is to avoid the imposition of unnecessary financial burden upon the employers, ensure the continuity of government, business, and commercial transaction, promote productivity, while at the same time preserve the solemnity of the observance,” read a statement from the Palace.
Personally, are you affected by this change of non-working holiday? Please provide your comments below this post.
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