Speculations on whether Chinese New Year 2011 on February 3 will be a special holiday or not was finally confirmed today by President Benigno Aquino III himself. Chinese New Year 2011 on February 3 is a regular working day and not a holiday.
PNoy was keen on adding Chinese New Year on February 3, 2011, however, the proposal came too late as the list of holidays for 2011 has already been issued. The official list of Philippine holidays for 2011 is contained in Proclamation No. 84 signed by President Aquino last December 20, 2010. The Philippine President is also wary of the daily wage earners situation if Chinese New Year 2011 on Feb 3 will be declared as a holiday. The declaration of Chinese New Year 2011 as a holiday will result to less earnings for these daily wage earners.
A text message was sent by the PNoy to ABS-CBN that says:
This proposal, though we want to adopt it, unfortunately came after the issuance of the executive order on holidays. The consensus is all businesses have already adjusted to it plus the daily wage earners under no work no pay scheme will be adversely affected. We hope to include this next year.