Republic Act 9849: Eidul Adha Holiday

Republic Act No. 9849

AN ACT DECLARING THE TENTH DAY OF ZHUL HIJJA, THE TWELFTH MONTH OF THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR, A NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR THE OBSERVANCE OF EIDUL ADHA, FURTHER AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 26, CHAPTER 7, BOOK I OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 292, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF 1987, AS AMENDED

SECTION 1. The tenth day of Zhul Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic Calendar, is hereby declared as a national holiday for the observance of EiduI Adha. Eidul Adha is a tenth day in the month of Hajj or Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca wherein Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrifice and signifies mankind’s obedience to God.

SEC. 2. Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order No. 292, otherwise known as “The Administrative Code of 1987”, as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:

“SEC. 26. Regular Holidays and Nationwide Special Days. – (1) Unless otherwise modified by law, order, or proclamation, the following regular holidays and special days shall be observed in the country:

“(a) Regular Holidays

New Year’s Day – January 1

Maundy Thursday – Movable Date

Good F”iday – Movable Date

Eidul Fitr – Movable Date

Eidul Adha – Movable Date

Araw ng Kagitingan – Monday nearest April 9
(Bataan and Corregidor Day)

Labor Day – Monday nearest May 1

Independence Day – Monday nearest June 12

National Heroes Day – Last Monday of August

Bonifacio Day – Monday nearest November 30

Christmas Day – December 25

Rizal Day – Monday nearest December 30

“(b) Nationwide Special Holidays

Ninoy Aquino Day – Monday nearest August 21

All Saints Day – November 1

Last Day of the Year – December 31

“(c) In the event the holiday falls on a Wednesday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday of that week. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday that follows:

Provided, That for movable holidays, the President shall issue a proclamation, at least six (6) months prior to the holiday concerned, the specific date shall be declared as a nonworking day.”

SEC. 3. The implementation of this Act shall be supervised by the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) which shall promulgate the rules and regulations pursuant to the provisions of this Act.

SEC. 4. All laws, presidential decrees, executive orders, issuances, rules and regulations and any part thereof regarding national nonworking holidays which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SEC. 5. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its complete publication in the Official Gazette or at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

Approved: December 11, 2009

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