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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


Malacanang announces holidays for 2012

by Venus H. Sarmiento

PANGASINAN, Jan. 12 (PIA) –- Malacanang has announced the regular and special holidays for 2012.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 295 declaring the regular holidays, special non-working days, and special holidays for the year 2012 to allow businessmen, various offices, both public and private, and schools to plan their activities for the year.

The proclamation declared January 23, 2012 (Monday) a special non-working day, in observance of the Chinese New Year. The declaration, Aquino said, is a manifestation of “our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people. "

Proclamation No. 295 declared the following regular holidays to be observed nationwide in the year 2012.

New Year’s Day – January 1 (Sunday)

Maundy Thursday – April 5

Good Friday – April 6

Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Monday)

Labor Day – May 1 (Tuesday)

Independence Day – June 12 (Tuesday)

National Heroes Day – August 27 (Last Monday of August)

Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Friday)

Christmas Day – December 25 (Tuesday)

Rizal Day – December 30 (Sunday)

Aside from the Chinese New Year, other special non-working days are: Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 and; All Saints Day on November 1.

To give full opportunity for people to properly observe All Saint’s Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions, November 2 was added as a special non-working day and so with the last day of the year which is December 31.

The anniversary of EDSA Revolution which is February 25, was declared as special holiday for all schools.

Although not stated above, Republic Act 9849 provides that Eid’l Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday after the approximate dates of the Islamic holiday have been determined. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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