August 18 and 25 are national holidays
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (5 August) -- August 18 and 25 have been declared national holidays by Presidential Proclamation No. 1463 which declares the regular holidays and special (non-working) days for the year 2008.
The proclamation specifically sets Ninoy Aquino Day on August 18 as a special non-working holiday and National Heroes Day on August 25 as a regular holiday.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued the Proclamation setting the specific dates of movable holidays as mandated by Republic Act No. 9492 which rationalized the celebration of the country's holidays.
The proclamation was signed by President Arroyo last February 18, 2008.
R.A. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation.
This year's remaining regular holidays based on the proclamation shall fall on the following dates:
Bonifacio Day (Dec. 1, Monday nearest Nov. 30);
Christmas Day (Dec. 25, Thursday); and
Rizal Day (Dec. 30, Tuesday).
Meanwhile, the other remaining special (non-working) holidays for 2008 shall fall on the following dates:
All Saints' Day (Nov. 1, Saturday);
Additional Special (Non-Working) Day (Dec. 26, Friday);
Additional Special (Non-Working) Day (Dec. 29, Monday); and the
Last day of the year (Dec. 31, Wednesday).
The President has also ordered the Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) to inform the Office of the President (OP) "on which day the observance of Eidul Fitr shall fall.
Another proclamation shall be issued declaring the Eidul Fitr date as a national holiday for Muslims. (PIA) [top]