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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. 1105: Declaring the Regular Holidays and Special (Non-Working) Holidays for the Year 2016 [Full Text]

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 1105

DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS FOR THE YEAR 2016

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

MALACAÑAN 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

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

Honoring the Dead and Necrophilia

We honor our dead in the next few days. November 2 to be exact, which is All Soul’s day or Araw ng mga Patay (incidentally, I’m still trying to figure out why November 1, All Saints’ Day, is the regular national holiday, and not All Soul’s Day). Continue reading

October 2013 Holidays, 2014 Holidays

Everyone prepares for holidays. Employers must choose between closing shop during the declared holiday or paying holiday pay (for daily-paid workers, at least) if they require their employees to work during the holiday. Daily-paid workers must factor in the lack of income during the no-work, no-pay holiday while monthly-paid workers, with the holiday pay tacked in their monthly salary, would most probably be more concerned with the task of looking for a place to spend the holiday. Continue reading

Official 2013 Holidays: Proclamation 459

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 459

DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2013

WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;

WHEREAS, RA No. 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;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;

WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people:

WHEREAS, Saturday, 30 March 2013 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country because the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions and they must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest;

WHEREAS, Saturday, 2 November 2013, falling between Friday, 1 November 2013 (All Saints Day) and Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country;

WHEREAS, to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country, Saturday, 2 November 2013, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;

WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, it is but fitting to declare December 24, (Tuesday) as an additional special (non-working) day throughout the country;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:

SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2013 shall be observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day January 1 (Tuesday)
Maundy Thursday March 28
Good Friday March 29
Araw ng Kagitingan April 9 (Tuesday)
Labor Day May 1 (Wednesday)
Independence Day June 12 (Wednesday)
National Heroes Day August 26 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day November 30 (Saturday)
Christmas Day December 25 (Wednesday)
Rizal Day December 30 (Monday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Black Saturday March 30)
Ninoy Aquino Day August 21 (Wednesday)
All Saints Day November 1 (Friday)
Additional special (non-working) days November 2 (Saturday)
December 24 (Tuesday)
Last Day of the Year December 31 (Tuesday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary February 25 (Monday)

SECTION 2 The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.

SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.

SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.

SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of thePhilippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 16th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Executive Secretary