EVERY YEAR, Timow’s Turf traditionally publish the nationwide holidays that are promulgated from Malacanang Palace for the coming year. As we said over again, those holidays supersede those of the permanently printed ones in blue and red. President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 50, applying the holidays for the year 2017, his administration’s first full calendar year.
The holidays at a glance
Workers who work on those holidays paid twice on that day.
- January 1 (Sunday): New Year’s Day
- April 9 (Sunday): Araw ng Kagitingan
- April 13: Maundy Thursday
- April 14: Good Friday
- May 1 (Monday): Labor Day
- June 12 (Monday): Independence Day
- August 28 (Monday): National Heroes’ Day
- November 30 (Thursday): Bonifacio Day
- December 25 (Monday): Christmas Day
- December 30 (Saturday): Rizal Day
Special Non-Working Holidays
Those who work on such holidays will pay 30% more or otherwise, no pay.
- January 28 (Saturday): Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster)
- February 25 (Saturday): EDSA People Power Anniversary
- April 15: Black Saturday
- August 21 (Monday): Ninoy Aquino Day
- October 31 (Tuesday): Special Non-Working Holiday
- November 1 (Wednesday): All Saints’ Day
- December 31 (Sunday): New Year’s Eve
Like the previous years, Muslim holidays are not published in the Proclamation but such proclamation will be declared within 1-2 weeks and both of them are legal holidays. The dates below are based on Islamic authorities and Southeast Asian neighbors.
- Eid’l Fitr will fall on June 25 (Sunday) but may be declared on 26th (Monday to create a long weekend).
- Eid’l Adha on September 1 (Friday)
Insights & issues
Maximizing the holidays
This coming year will have a galore of long weekends ending Monday; thus, lessening vacation leaves to be filed. Having October 31 as an additional special non-working holiday will be a benefit of passengers’ exodus to their provinces during All Saints’ Day.
Employees can maximize their vacation leave on October 30, November 2 & 3 to have a week off lasting nine (9) calendar days. Aside from that, they can file a VL on December 1 to get a four-day weekend.
Issues on the holidays
Holiday maximization and analysis aside, there are some notes that may irritate some sectors in cyberspace.
The holidays associated with his predecessor, Benigno S. Aquino III — People Power Day (February 25) and Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) — remained in the proclamation. Some desperate keyboard warriors (especially to those born after 1986) wanted to repeal those holidays to disassociate them from the past “six lost years” of himself and his mother’s, but they should realize that the designation of Ninoy Aquino Day came from legislation, Republic Act 9256, back in 2004 — under former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The only way to repeal it is to follow normal legislative process — file a bill, get through three readings in both houses of Congress and the President’s signature — from taking any further prospective effect.
Like him, he neither applied the “Holiday Economics” policy (RA 9492) enacted by then-President Macapagal-Arroyo for the sake of historical basis. The only way to compensate the “holiday-on-a-Sunday” issue like this year is to repeal the “Holiday Economics” and emulate the holiday policy to those of Singapore or Hong Kong — if a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following business day will be considered the compensating holiday.
So far, the 17th Congress is reluctant to do such proposals because of their legislative priorities and lame alibis.
[Photo courtesy of Huffington Post]