RA9492: National Holidays in the Philippines
Note that some holidays are moved to the nearest Mondays as part of "holiday economics" to spur local tourism
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9492
AN ACT RATIONALIZING THE CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 26, CHAPTER 7, BOOK I OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 292, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF 1987
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order No. 292, as amended, otherwise known as the Administrative Code of 1987, is hereby amended to read as follows:
“Sec. 26, Regular Holidays and Nationwide Special Days. – (1) Unless otherwise modified by law, and or proclamation, the following regular holidays and special days shall be observed in the country:
a) Regular Holidays
New year's Day - January 1
Maundy Thursday - Movable date
Good Friday - Movable date
Eidul Fitr (End of Ramadan) - Movable date
Araw ng Kagitingan - Monday nearest April 9
(Bataaan and Corregidor Day)
Labor Day - Monday nearest May 1
Independence Day - Monday nearest June 12
National Heroes Day - Last Monday of August
Bonifacio Day - Monday nearest November 30
Christmas Day - December 25
Rizal Day - Monday nearest December 30
b) Nationwide Special Holidays:
Ninoy Aquino Day - Monday nearest August 21
All Saints Day - November 1
Last Day of the Year - December 31
c) In the event the holiday falls on a Wednesday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday of the week. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday that follows:
Provided, That for movable holidays, the President shall issue a proclamation, at least six months prior to the holiday concerned, the specific date that shall be declared as a nonworking day:
Provided, however, The Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.”
SEC. 2. All laws, orders, presidential issuances, rules and regulations or part thereof inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SEC. 3. This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation.
(Sgd.) JOSE DE VENECIA JR. (Sgd.) MANNY VILLAR
Speaker of the House of Representatives President of the Senate
This Act which originated in the Senate was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on January 30, 2007 and February 7, 2007, respectively.
(Sgd.) ROBERTO P. NAZARENO (Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary General House of Representatives Secretary of the Senate
Approved: July 25, 2007
(Sgd.)GLORIA MACAPAGAL – ARROYO
President of the Philippines
Thanksgiving in the Philippines
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- At Jul 27, 2007, 11:01:00 AM, carlotta said...
hm! something to show my boss... hehehe. =D
- At Jul 27, 2007, 2:28:00 PM, said...
This is informative!
- At Jul 27, 2007, 6:07:00 PM, watson said...
This was in the news last night. There are actually a couple of holidays affected by this come august.
While it's great because it translates to long weekends, the bad part is that the meaning of the holiday is lost. For example, when the holiday is on a Tuesday and it's moved on a Monday, what do people do, go home and stay home, or go to a tourist destination, or shop. And then come Tuesday, they go back to work. Who has time to commemmorate the event?
The meaning of the holiday is gone.
- At Jul 29, 2007, 9:24:00 AM, germs said...
i dont agree changing the dates of the holiday for some convenient reason...parang mali e...as usual very informative kayo sir tutubi.
- At Jul 31, 2007, 1:03:00 AM, SexyMom said...
and my son, BA, sighs "gone is the spirit of what the national holidays are celebrated for", oh well, please some, displease others.
- At Aug 1, 2007, 6:44:00 AM, said...
How is it lost? Meanings are intangibles, meaning it should be rooted in our hearts therefore celebrating it everyday of the year. What do you actually celebrate during these (non-Holydays) Holidays? You don;t do manuel Labor on Labor day, you are off at home relaxing, you don't read El Filibusterismo or Noli Metangere on Rizal day, you just saty home or do some shopping. Might as well move the date to a more useful and day that made the most sense for the local economy. Our sense of Nationalism and History should not only be embraced during the actual day of the Holiday.
- At Aug 2, 2007, 10:21:00 PM, estan said...
at least, they made it a law. pero i would have wanted very important historical dates like independence day not affected. not just religious holidays.