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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Comments

  1. 1
    Asia News Girl // August 11th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    nope not affected at all

  2. 2
    henry // August 12th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Well..,im not supprised if P-Noy changed the existing RA..,He also have a good reason for it..,,and i mean a good one..,, but it may have some effect to employees who might want to take or enjoy a long weekend..

  3. 3
    christine llanes // August 12th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    happy bday t0 me…. :D

  4. 4
    Elna Sarsalejo // August 12th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    well, that was his observation, were very much happy bec of that decision

  5. 5
    hays // August 12th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    i’m affected because i booked our trip on the 23rd because it has already been announced before…and of course,because of the unexpected changes, i’ll be absent in my work…:(

  6. 6
    isabel // August 13th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    to PNoy come up with a final list of holidays for coming months so that people can adjust to it as early as now!!!

  7. 7
    sakura // August 16th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    booked a boracay trip from august 20-24 that’s how affected i am! i’ll be absent from work for 2 days!

    that was a so wrong decision, he should not have meddled with the “announced” holidays, he should let it stay as is …too much hassle..

  8. 8
    sakura // August 16th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    booked a boracay trip from august 20-24 that’s how affected i am! i’ll be absent from work for 2 days!

    that was a so wrong decision, he should not have meddled with the “announced” holidays, he should have let it stay as it is …too much hassle..

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    ako pinoy but not P-Noy // August 16th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    i agree with “hays” and “isabel”. what the hell is he thinking. Of course we all know that he is an “Autistic” we should be able to understand the sick. from the beginning till end we used to see in the television that most of his family member has Autism. know what i mean. yeah right. of course this is just my opinion. its up to you weather you beleive me or not. lol :)

  10. 10
    Mang Freddie // August 16th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Yes, totally wrong move on his part, as it clearly shows that his priorities and allegiances are with the “Big Business” sector, rather than the working class who elected him.

    I don’t have a problem with the ‘changing’ itself, but rather with the fact that the holiday had already been declared. Even if he doesn’t agree with the policies and decisions of his predecessor, he should at least adhere to them while they’re in effect. By changing it on short notice, he is inconveniencing many people, who by no fault of their own, had scheduled vacations, etc. based on the existing holiday schedule. Changing it on relatively short notice is an ill thought move, and was no doubt done on the advice of his ‘advisers’ who have a vested interest in the matter. Thumbs down to this horrible and decision, and the overall inconsistent, financially motivated decisions of the new administration.

  11. 11
    P. Tauzon // August 16th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    i agree with “hays” and “isabel”. what the hell is he thinking. Of course we all know that he is an “Autistic” we should be able to understand the sick. from the beginning till end we used to see in the television that most of his family member has Autism. know what i mean. yeah right. of course this is just my opinion. its up to you weather you beleive me or not. lol :)

    Sadly you’re right. Most of these wealthy/political families are so inbred that developmental diseases are the norm.

  12. 12
    filipina worker // August 19th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    It is a big inconvenience to me. I had scheduled a long well-deserved vacation for myself which includes August 23 right in the middle and it takes literally months in advance to get a vacation leave approved at the company I work for.

    Obviously the president does not know how it is to work for someone. He is much too detached from the realities of an average Filipino worker’s life.

    Not a very good start for your administration, Mr. President. You must take into consideration all that are affected by your decisions and you must plan well in advance.

  13. 13
    Juan // August 19th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Hey people it’s just one day. If your employer can’t give you an extra day then perhaps it is you who is the problem…..we should count our blessings…..buti nga may pangbakasyon tayo….ibang tao walang tubig……ibang tao patay na……ibang tao walang makain kahit na maraming pagkain sa paligid……ibang tao nasa ospital……ibang tao walang trabaho……..buti tayo maraming blessing…….stop griping……..

  14. 14
    MoyMoy Aquino // August 19th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    August 21 naman talaga ang death anniversary ni Ninoy Aquino Jr. Bakit kasi ginawang 23 ni Gloria ang holiday? Sa mga nagpabook ng bakasyon ng 23, ang sisihin nyo si Gloria.

  15. 15
    Uzman // August 19th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Mga ungas pala kayong umaangal eh. August 21 naman talaga ang araw ng kamatayan ni Ninoy bakit gusto niyong gawing 23 ang holiday?

  16. 16
    tubadyan // August 21st, 2010 at 10:54 am

    tonto pla kau!!! ginagawa nyo mali ang tama!

  17. 17
    makulit // September 15th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    ang gulo2 niyan….paiba2 pa ng schedule komplikado na nga sitwasyon sa pilipinas lalo pang ginagawang mas komplikado…

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    Bartolome // August 22nd, 2011 at 1:12 am

    sino pa ba sisisihin kung di ang praning nating presidente! ganun tlga ang autistic at iba iba ang isip! whats new?!

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