Philippine President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ S. Aquino III or PNoy has announced the official list of Regular Holidays, Special Non-Working Holidays, and Special Holidays for all schools for the year 2011. The announcement of the 2011 Holidays in the Philippines was made through Proclamation No. 84 issued last December 20, 2010. The issuance of the list of Holidays for 2011 was announced early so that everyone will have more time to prepare their calendar of activities for the year.
There will be no more long weekends in 2011 as previously experienced due to the Holiday economics that was implemented by the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Former President GMA is now serving as Representative of the first district of Pampanga. Holiday economics was established through Republic Act (RA) 9492 is also known as “An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays,” signed by former President GMA. The law provides that holidays that fall on a Wednesday will be observed earlier by transferring it on the Monday of the week. Holidays which fall on a Sunday will then be observed on the following Monday. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Islamic Ed’l Fitr and Eidul Adha are considered movable holidays wherein the President shall issue a proclamation at least six months prior to the holiday. The date specified will automatically be a non-working holiday.
Starting this year, holiday economics will no longer be observed as PNoy decided to follow the original scheduled holiday dates for 2011. The decision of the PNoy is aimed in helping daily wage earners to earn more.
Here is the complete Proclamation No. 84 taken from the Philippine government official website that listed down the complete Holidays for 2011 in the Philippines:
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 84
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2011
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I 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, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2011 shall be observed in the country:
A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
Maundy Thursday – April 21
Good Friday – April 22
Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)
All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)
Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)
SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 20th day of December in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines / www.gov.ph