President Rodrigo Duterte has declared December 26 this year and January 2 next year, which both fall on Monday, as special non-working days nationwide.
The declaration was made through Proclamation 117 signed by Acting Executive Secretary Menard Guevarra by authority of President Duterte.
The proclamation said the two dates were declared holidays so that the public will have “full opportunity” to celebrate the holidays.
The President had already announced December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 1 (New Year’s Day) as regular holidays all throughout the country.
“The declaration of 26 December 2016 and 2 January 2017, both falling on a Monday, as special (non-working days), will give the people full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones,” the proclamation read.
“Whereas, a longer weekend promotes domestic tourism and enables employers to plan their work schedules
effectively and efficiently, resulting in improved productivity,” it said.
The Department of Labor and Employment was directed to issue an appropriate circular to implement the proclamation for the private sector.