LONG WEEKEND AHEAD

Palace declares Oct. 31 a holiday

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Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. signed for President Aquino the proclamation declaring October 31 a special nonworking holiday.

Filipinos will have a long weekend when they remember their dead next month.

In Proclamation No. 265,  Malacañang on Monday declared October 31, which falls on a Monday, “a special nonworking day throughout the country.”

The next day, November 1, is All Saints Day, when most Filipinos usually visit their dead. Traditionally, it is also a special nonworking day.

The proclamation was signed for President Benigno Aquino III by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.

Mr. Aquino said he was declaring October 31 a special nonworking day to “give full opportunity to our people to properly observe the day with all its religious fervor, which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions of the country.”

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  • Tyopando

    Great!, Another long weekend to patch the leaking roof, clean the house, do the laundry, fix the wobbly dining table, etc…..etc….etc. 

    Oh!… and yes, pay respect to our dearly departed……. almost forgot that one.

  • Anonymous

    Time to clean the graves again!

  • Anonymous

    And I thought that Noy wouldn’t shuffle the holidays just as Gloria did!

    Well, the companies working for overseas customers wont give that day off! They have to pay holiday pay and that will just increase their expenses or lower their gains.
    When will this country and the ruling government get it that unexpected or unmotivated holidays are lowering it’s competitive ability?
    If you’re just a bit looking behind the things you’ll see who benefits: Just the government officials, who are anyway not that effective, so it doesn’t matter that much whether they are working or not, and, of course the students. Most of the other employees have to report to work!
    So, what’s the catch? The holiday pay, this workers will earn? That, in the long run, can create trouble to this workers, too. Since, if the salary doubles the production of work pieces will get more expensive, too. So the competitive strength of the Philippines will suffer. But then, if the foreign investors will abandon the country, wow, then we have 365 holidays a year!!! Great!!!

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