#WalangPasok – October 30 2023 to be declared a national holiday?
Almost 92 million Filipinos are qualified to vote for the coming October 30, 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.
President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is expected to declare Election Day 2023 as a special non-working holiday all over the Philippines to maximize voter turnout. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post when new information becomes available.
TFS has previously reported that Presidents typically declare election day as a non-working day. Last year, then-President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 1357 which designated 9 May 2022 as a special non-working holiday to “enable the Filipino people to properly exercise their right to vote.” Duterte also declared 14 May 2018, the date of the most Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, as a special non-working day.
Not declaring election day as a holiday may seriously lower voters’ turnout since the Philippines currently does not allow early voting unlike in the United States.