Whew! Everyone can now plan their vacation ahead of time, because, August 30,2010, National Heroes’ Day, has been declared as a holiday by Malacanang. Please tell us your comment on this development by filling up the box below this article.

The holiday declaration of August 30, 2010 was made after Malacañang reviewed Proclamation 1841 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declaring the regular holidays, special (non-working) days and special holidays for schools for the year 2010.  The former president had previously set the schedule for holidays this year to allow businesses to adjust schedules and promote productivity.

Still, Malacanang insisted that holidays will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis similar to President Benigno Aquino III’s decision declaring August 21 a holiday in observance of Ninoy Aquino Day, instead of August 23 as provided for in Proclamation 1841.

Malacanang defended that the Aquino administration is not trying to repeal the holiday economics law, which requires that most holidays, except those with religious significance, be shifted to the nearest Monday. The palace also explained that declaring fewer holidays on Mondays is good for business since it improves productivity.

Other upcoming holidays that were moved to the nearest Monday are: Bonifacio Day which will be celebrated on November 29 instead of November 30, and Rizal Day will be celebrated on December 27 instead of December 30.

Do you believe that holiday economics promotes productivity?  If holiday economics is good for businesses, will it also be beneficial to employees?  Please tell us your idea on this by filling up the comments section below this article.

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