The year that just rolled in will be full of long weekends based on Proclamation No. 1105, signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on August 20, 2015.
Aside from New Year’s Day, which gave workers an extended break, there will be five more long weekends in 2016 because certain holidays either fall on a Monday or a Friday. These are the weekends of the Chinese New Year on February 8, a Monday; Maundy Thursday and Good Friday on March 24 and 25, respectively; National Heroes’ Day, which falls on August 29, also a Monday; October 31, Monday, November 1, All Saints’ Day, a Tuesday; and Rizal Day on December 30, a Friday.
Based on the same proclamation, the regular holidays include New Year’s Day, January 1 (Friday); Maundy Thursday, March 24; Good Friday, March 25; Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Saturday); Labor Day, May 1 (Sunday); Independence Day, June 12 (Sunday); National Heroes Day, August 29 (Monday); Bonifacio Day, November 30 (Wednesday); Christmas Day, December 25 (Sunday); and Rizal Day, December 30 (Friday).
Special non-working days are the Chinese New Year, February 8 (Monday); the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, February 25; Black Saturday, March 26; Ninoy Aquino Day, August 21 (Sunday); All Saints’ Day November 1 (Tuesday); and additional special (non-working) days: January 2 (Saturday); October 31 (Monday); Christmas Eve, December 24 (Saturday); and New Year’s Eve, December 31 (Saturday).
The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will 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.
Palace calls for ‘solidarity’ beyond 2016
Meanwhile, Malacañang expressed optimism that the government will achieve the goals of its “Tuwid na Daan” (Straight Path) reform policy.
“The New Year marks the beginning of another meaningful chapter in the continuing narrative of the Filipino people—it is one that brings a new sense of promise and optimism, as we remain steadfast in treading the Straight Path in the year ahead. The general sentiment of hope, one that reflects the astounding positive outlook of our countrymen for 2016, as demonstrated by the most recent surveys of Pulse Asia and the SWS, truly encourages the Aquino Administration and all Filipinos of goodwill,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said in a statement.
“May this optimism inspire even greater solidarity, as we contribute to further advancing the agenda of good governance and integrity, not only in the remaining six months of the Administration, but even beyond that. As the President has time and again emphasized: Because of our genuine determination to instil positive change, we have gone from strength to strength, gaining the wherewithal to lay the foundations for a society that is just and inclusive,” she added.