By Argyll Geducos
Families and friends alike can now plan their vacations ahead as Malacañang released the list of holidays for the year 2020.
Proclamation No. 845, which listed down the regular and special holidays to be celebrated next years, was released Friday.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for the Proclamation which will take effect immediately.
Based on President Duterte’s proclamation, the following are declared as regular holidays:
New Year’s Day (January 1, Wednesday), Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9, Thursday), Maundy Thursday (April 9), Good Friday (April 10), Labor Day (May 1, Friday), Independence Day (June 12, Friday), National Heroes Day (August 31 or the last Monday of August), Bonifacio Day (November 30, Monday), Christmas Day (Friday), and Rizal Day (December 30, Wednesday).
Special non-working days
Meanwhile, the special non-working days in the first half of the year are the Chinese New Year (January 25, Saturday), the 34th EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary (February 25, Tuesday), Black Saturday (April 11), Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21, Friday), All Saints’ Day (November 1, Sunday), Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary (December 8, Tuesday), and the last day of the year (Thursday).
Additional special non-working days are All Souls’ Day (November 2, Monday), and Christmas Eve (Thursday).
The Proclamation noted that the EDSA People Power Revolution is an important event to commemorate the restoration and ushering of political, social, and economic reforms in the country.
The Holy Week, meanwhile, is noted as one of the most cherished traditions of the predominantly Catholic people in the country.
The All Saints’ and All Souls’ holidays are seen to strengthen family ties by providing more time for them, while Christmas Day commemorative activities will promote domestic tourism.
Meanwhile, the proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr (End of Ramadan), and Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), will be issued after the approximate days of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which the said holidays shall fall. Republic Act No. 9849 provides that Eid’l Adha be celebrated as a national holiday.