February 26 proclaimed Muslim holiday
by Apipa P. Bagumbaran
Islamic City of Marawi (19 February) -- The Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) has declared February 26 (Friday) as a holiday within the area of jurisdiction of the old Region XII and in other Muslim provinces and cities throughout the country in observance of "Maulidin Nabi."
"Maulidin Nabi" or the birth of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) is recognized as legal Muslim holiday pursuant to Presidential Decree 1083 and Civil Service Commission Resolution No. 81-1277.
According to OMA, "Maulidin Nabi" which falls on the 12th day of Rabi'ul Awwal, 1431 Hijrah calendar corresponds to February 26 of this year.
PD 1083 states that Muslim holidays shall be officially observed in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and in the cities of Cotabato, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian and Zamboanga.
The decree further provides that all Muslim government officials and employees in places other than those enumerated shall also be excused from reporting to office to observe the holiday. (PIA-Marawi City) [top]