Aug. 20, 21 declared nonworking holidays

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MANILA, Philippines—Two long weekends await flood-weary Metro Manilans later this month.

Malacañang has declared August 20, a Monday, non-working regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr, or the Feast of Ramadhan.

President Aquino, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., issued Proclamation No. 455 late Monday.

Aug. 21, a Tuesday, is a nonworking day, too, having been legislated as a special holiday marking the death of the President’s father, slain Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

On Aug. 27, a Monday, the nation will celebrate the National Heroes Day. This, too, is a regular holiday.

Except for some entities in the private sector such as the Business Process Outsourcing, most state and private employees have their regular days-off during the weekend.

In the one-page proclamation, President Aquino based his proclamation on Republic Act. No. 9177 authored by Senator Loren Legarda.

Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Islamic world for three days after the end of the month-long fasting.

The holiday aims to “promote cultural understanding and integration,” and thus the “entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr,” the proclamation said.

The proclamation added that it was necessary to declare Aug. 20 as a regular holiday “in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness.”

In a text message, Legarda welcomed Mr. Aquino’s proclamation, saying: “As we celebrate Eid’l Fitr, we wish our Muslim brothers and sisters genuine peace and economic prosperity, hoping that the long elusive peace will be attained within our lifetime.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPUPSBWP2WEBCCPGHRY54UCTOM Anne Torre

    My father was so proud of the great Ninoy that he used to tell stories about him and his greatness time and again. I even can still remember Ninoy’s anecdotes about a Japanese guest and Marcos. Sadly, he must be sulking out of dishonor brought by his son.

    • Rolly257

      You must be talking about Marcos Son.

      Any father would wish Noynoy to be his own.

      • UrHONOR

        DOUBT it.  Father Oscar Cruz will not wish that.  He is a father, all right, but I am really skeptical if he’d even put that in his wish list.  Marami na siya sa iba.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBDO77APDA7IB25W6R44QR6GHI Ajoeroooo

        Any father like you na yellowtard yeah right!!

  • mindforce

    I am against the celebration of 21 Aug as Ninoy Aquino Day (a non-working holiday).  Ninoy is overrated.  The Aquinos are overrated.

    • Keith_P

      If you’re against it eh di pumasok ka nang Aug. 21. Laki ng problema mo.

      • mindforce

        Potah ka. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VA6G3GNEOMCWYFCBR64MBCD4FE Chery

    The problem in our country a lot of commemorative celebration. Pag mamatay si Gloria may declare kaya na holiday ano say nyo di ako maka Gloria…. 

    • Jason_Voorhees

      Siguro pag natapat ng November 1, december 25 o kaya January 1. (joke lang po)

  • ryq24

    too many holidays means less productivity and added cost to companies. 

  • http://dailymiaminews.com/ HakanK

    Too much holidays! Moving holidays to weekdays is another formula politicians uses. 

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