Complete List of Official Holidays for 2016 (and How to Compute your Holiday Pay)

The government has announced, through Proclamation 1105, the official public holidays — regular holidays, special non-working holiadys, and special days — for 2016. To the extent relevant to employers and workers alike, the differences between regular holidays and special non-working holidays are discussed in a separate post, Computation of Holiday Pay. Also, based on experience in the past years, new dates for existing holidays or more holidays are declared in the course of the year, so drop by and check this list because we will definitely update it.

Here’s the full list of 2016 holidays:

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Proclamation No. 1071: Declaring 25 February 2016 as Special Non-Working Holiday [Full Text]

MALACAĂ‘AN PALACE
MANILA

PROCLAMATION NO. 1071

DECLARING THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016, AS A SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

WHEREAS, the Edsa People Power Revolution, which restored our democratic institution and ushered in political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people; Continue reading Proclamation No. 1071: Declaring 25 February 2016 as Special Non-Working Holiday [Full Text]

2015 Holidays: More Long Weekends

We’ve noted the policy shift under President Aquino, avoiding the previous administration’s “holiday economics” (moving holidays to Friday or Monday in order to have more long weekends). People can plan ahead to take trips during long weekends and the cycle of expenditures stimulate the economy. At least that’s how the theory goes. Holiday economics, of course, is provided by law, which is why former President Arroyo’s decision to move holidays to the nearest Fridays/Mondays was not surprising. Next year, 2015, the Philippines will enjoy more long weekends — not because of a conscious policy move, but by sheer coincidence. More holidays fall on a Friday or Monday. Here’s the full list of official Philippine holidays for 2015 (per Proclamation 831): Continue reading 2015 Holidays: More Long Weekends