Palace releases 2016 national holidays


MALACANANG PALACE has just released Wednesday, August 26, the national holidays for 2016. President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) signed Proclamation 1105 (s. 2015) which listed ten legal holidays and nine special non-working holidays last Thursday, August 20.

Holidays at a glance

Legal holidays

  • 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)
  • Rizal Day: December 30 (Friday)

Special Non-working Holidays

  • Lunar (Chinese) New Year: February 8 (Monday)
  • EDSA People Power Anniversary: February 25 (Thursday)
  • Black Saturday: March 26
  • Ninoy Aquino Day: August 21 (Sunday)
  • All Saints’ Day: November 1 (Tuesday)
  • Additional non-working days
    • January 2 (Saturday)
    • October 31 (Monday)
    • December 24 (Saturday)
    • December 31 (Saturday)

Muslim Legal Holidays (tentative)

  • Eid’l Fitr: July 6 (Wednesday)
  • Eid’l Adha: September 13 (Tuesday)

Six long weekends

That being said, 2016 will, as explicitly inferred from the proclamation, six long weekends.

  • January 1-3 (3 days)
  • February 6-8 (3 days)
  • March 24-27 (4 days)
  • August 27-29 (3 days)
  • October 29-November (4 days)
  • December 30-January 1, 2017 (3 days)

Options to maximize your leave

This coming year, there will be four instances of filing your leaves. You may take it all or not:

  • The People Power Anniversary, normally a school holiday but elevated as a special non-working for it’s 30th anniversary this coming year, being a Thursday, will have an option to file a leave the following day, Friday, February 26, making a four-day weekend.
  • Bonfacio Day, being Wednesday in 2016, will have two options to file your leave. Either option to take two days leave before the holiday (November 28 & 29) or after (December 1 & 2) will still enjoy 5 days of rest.
  • If the tentative date of Eid’l Fitr is confirmed by the incoming President, either option to take two days leave before the holiday (July 4 & 5) or after (July 7 & 8) will still enjoy 5 days of rest.
  • If the tentative date for Eid’l Adha is confirmed, file a leave on Monday, September 12 to enjoy four days of rest.

Other dates to remember

  • Valentines’ Day: February 14 (Sunday)
  • Mother’s Day: May 8 (Sunday)
  • Father’s Day: June 19 (Sunday)

No remedies for holidays falling on weekends

The recent proclamation would notice few holidays falling on weekends and most Filipinos are alarmed and should ask the President to declare the following day as a substitute holiday or implement Republic Act 9492 or the so-called “holiday economics,” signed by his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Section 1 of the said Republic Act, which amends the declaration of holidays on the Administrative Code of 1987 (Executive Order No. 292), dictates that unless modified by law, order or proclamation, the national holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday. (emphasis made by author)

In such application of the matter of law, PNoy did not violate the emphasized stipulation of the law despite of his rationalization to restore the holidays to their proper dates. Unlike the United States where their federal holidays, set on a fixed date falls on the weekend, the nearest weekday shall be observed. Here, the option lies on the sitting President. For now, he will rather have the proclamation untouched and will remain the commemoration as it is.

2016, the election year

For Filipinos, the coming year, 2016, is a presidential election year and when it comes to such event, they would consider the Election Day to be a holiday. The election, in accordance with the Constitution, will take place on the second Monday of May; in this case, May 9. The inauguration of the new President, also explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, will take place on June 30, a Thursday. Such confirmation of two events will lie upon the issuance of the incumbent and outgoing President within the coming year.

Enjoy your long weekend!

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