MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace through Proclamation No. 117 signed by Acting Executive Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra has declared December 26, 2016 (Monday) and January 2, 2017 (Monday) as special non-working holidays in the Philippines.
Below is the Proclamation courtesy of ABS-CBNnews.
WHEREAS, 25 December 2016 (Christmas Day) and 1 January 2017 (New Year’s Day) both fall on Sunday and are regular holidays throughout the country;
WHEREAS, the declaration of 26 December 2016 and 2 January 2017, both falling on a Monday,as special (non working) days will give the people full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones;
WHEREAS, a longer weekend promotes domestic tourism and enables employers to plan their work schedules effectively and efficiently, resulting in improved productivity.
NOW THEREFORE, I, MENARDO I. GUEVARRA, Acting Executive Secretary by authority of the President, RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE, do hereby declare 26 December 2016 and 2 January 2017, both falling on Monday, as special (non-working) days throughout the country.
The Department of Labor and Employment is hereby directed to issue the appropriate circular to implement Proclamation for the private sector.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 13th day of December , in the year of the Lord Two Thousand Sixteen.
By authority of the President:
Menardo I. Guevarra
Acting Executive Secretary