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Dec. 6 and Jan. 2 have been declared holidays

Good news this Christmas! Malacanang has declared that both December 6, 2016 and January 2, 2017 are Holidays!

Since December 25 2016 falls on a Sunday, the government has decided to declare December 26 a holiday.

Also, since January 1, 2017 also falls on a Sunday, January 2, 2017 (Monday) has been declared a holiday as well.

This was signed by Acting Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra on December 13, 2016 under Proclamation No. 117

The full text is as follows:

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 117
DECLARING 26 DECEMBER 2016 (MONDAY) AND 2 JANUARY 2017 (MONDAY), AS SPECIAL (NON.WORKING) DAYS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

WHEREAS, 25 December 2016 (Christmas Day) and 1 January 2017 (New Year’s Day) both fall on a 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, l, MENARDO l. 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 a 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 this Proclamation for the private sector.

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

Done in the city of Manila, this l3th day of December, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Sixteen.
By authority of the President:
MENARDO I. GUEVARRA
Acting Executive Secretary

What will you do this Christmas weekend?