June 12 2024 declared a holiday – 126th Independence Day

June 12 2024 declared a holiday – 126th Independence Day

The Philippines will be celebrating its 126th Independence Day this June 12, Wednesday. It is a regular holiday nationwide as stipulated in President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation 368, which he signed last October 2023.

Filipinos didn’t always celebrate our independence day every June 12. From 1946 to 1964, July 4 was the date designated for that. It was in July 4, 1946 when the Americans formally ended their colonization of the Philippines. This also effectively ended the Commonwealth Government that they established in 1935.

In 1964, then-President Diosdado Macapagal signed Republic Act  4166 which moved the date from July 4 to June 12. This was done to make Filipinos “recall the heroes of the revolution against Spain and their acts of sublime heroism and martyrdom.”

Macapagal in turn designated July 4 as the Philippine Republic Day, still a national holiday. Twenty years later, then-President Ferdinand Marcos declared July 4 as Filipino-American Friendship Day, a working holiday. The practice has since been discontinued with the framing of the 1987 Constitution.


The 2022_DOLE_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits can be downloaded here. Meanwhile, those who will report for work on Araw ng Kalayaan are entitled to get at least twice or 200% of their daily wage rate, which is more commonly referred to as “double pay.”

Nevertheless, it should be kept in mind that employees can only get this benefit if they are present or at least have filed a leave of absence with pay on their work day immediately preceding Araw ng Kalayaan.


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