Filipino Muslims will be celebrating their annual feast of sacrifice or Eid’l Adha on October 26. The day, which this 2013 falls on a Tuesday, is a regular holiday in the country by virtue of Republic Act 9849, which was signed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo back in 2009. Click here to read the full text of RA 9849.
The holiday has been included by President Benigno Aquino III as one of the holidays for 2013 through Proclamation 459, which you can read in full here.
The said proclamation states that the Palace will only officially declare Eid’l Adha and Eid’l Fitr as a holiday once the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos have determined the approximate dates where the said occasions will fall “in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.”
The final date for the occasion has been announced through Proclamation 658, which President Aquino signed last October 3. Eid’l Adha is a religious fest where Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrificing his son Isaac – an event which signifies humans’ obedience to God.
See the table below to see the existing pay rules by the Department of Labor and Employment for regular holidays (left click to enlarge):
- Proclamation 655 – Philippine holidays for 2014 (filipinoscribe.com)