#WalangPasok – February 16 2018 declared holiday nationwide

The Chinese community in the Philippines will celebrate their annual Spring Festival, which is usually referred to as the Chinese New Year, this coming February 16.

Chinese New Year is a special non-working holiday nationwide as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 269, which he signed last July 2017. It is the first nationwide special-non working holiday this 2018. The holiday will give Filipinos a three-day weekend since it falls on Friday.

In making the holiday proclamation, Duterte noted that the Spring Festival is “one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese-Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well.”

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February 16 2018 is a special non-working holiday nationwide to give way for the celebration of Chinese New Year 2018 (Credits: www.chinesenewyear2018.com)

Chinese New Year was first declared a non-working holiday in 2012 and it now stands as one of the legacies of former President Aquino, who has Chinese ancestry from his mother’s side.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits (2017 edition), the “no work, no pay” principle is applied during special non-working holidays.

This means that workers who are not required to work during this day are not entitled to any compensation. This, however, is without prejudice to any voluntary practice or provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the employer and the employees.


#WalangPasok – February 13 2018 declared holiday in Parañaque City

Parañaque City will be celebrating its 20th cityhood anniversary this February 13, Thursday.

The day has been declared a special non-working holiday there courtesy of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 409. Read the full text of Proclamation 409 in this link.

The former municipality of Parañaque was converted into a highly-urbanized city in February 1998 when then-President Fidel Ramos signed into law Republic Act 8507, which is also known as the Charter of the City of Parañaque.

As noted in a previous post, the enactment of RA 8507 made Paranaque the 11th component city of the National Capital Region. It is now divided into 16 barangays and two legislative districts. Its current mayor is Edwin Olivarez.

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February 13 2018 is a special non-working holiday in Parañaque City


#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for January 8 2018

Several schools in the city of Manila have announced the suspension of classes in their respective institutions for January 8, Monday, because of the preparations in connection to the Feast of the Black Nazarene to be held the following day.

It must be recalled that Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has previously announced the suspension of classes in all levels throughout the city for January 9.

Millions of devotees are expected to take part in the annual procession (referred to as “traslacion“) this coming Tuesday. The Archdiocese of Manila has scheduled a  long list of activities related to the feast as early as Sunday. And a significant number of these devotees, particularly those from the provinces, have already began arriving.

The Filipino Scribe will update this post if and when new information becomes available:

National Teachers College
Colegio de San Juan Letran (12:00 PM onwards)
Saint Jude Catholic School
Uno High School

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Classes in certain schools in Manila are suspended for January 8 2018, Monday


#WalangPasok – December 8 2017 declared holiday in Taguig City

Taguig City will be celebrating its 13th cityhood anniversary this December 8, Friday.

The day has been declared as a special non-working holiday throughout the city by virtue of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 358. This means that most of those working and studying in Taguig will be able to enjoy a three-day weekend.

Taguig’s transition from being a municipality into a highly urbanized city was not an easy one. It started in 1998 when then-President Joseph Estrada signed into law Republic Act 8487.

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December 8 2017 is a special non-working holiday in Taguig City

RA 8487 mandated that a plebiscite be held to determine if the residents of Taguig are in favor of the cityhood initiative. A vote was held, and the “no” side was declared victorious. However, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reversed the declared outcome because of rampant irregularities in the voting and counting process.

Taguig officially became a city in December 8, 2004 (hence the foundation anniversary). The Supreme Court upheld the legality of COMELEC’s move in a 2006 ruling.

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#WalangPasok – September 21 2017 declared holiday in some Mindanao provinces

Filipino Muslims will be joining their brothers and sisters around the world in observing Amun Jadid or the Islamic New Year this September 21, Thursday. Amun Jadid marks the first day of the first lunar month of Muharram (Muharram 1, 1439).

It is one of the five Muslim holidays observed in the Philippines as mandated by then-dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ Presidential Decree 1083.

The day is a legal holiday in several provinces in Mindanao according to a memorandum signed by Attorney Yaser H. Apion, officer-in-charge of National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). The holiday proclamation covers the following areas in Mindanao:

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September 21 2017 is a holiday in several areas in Mindanao to celebrate the Islamic New Year

1) Basilan
2) Lanao del Norte
3) Lanao del Sur
4) Maguindanao
5) North Cotabato
6) Sultan Kudarat
7) Sulu
8) Tawi-Tawi
9) Zamboanga del Norte
10) Zamboanga del Sur

1) Cotabato City
2) Iligan City
3) Marawi City
4) Pagadian City
5) Zamboanga

Just like other Islamic holidays including Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha, the NCMF determined the final date for the celebration of Amun Jadid based on hijra or the Muslim lunar calendar.

Article 172 of PD 1083 also states that all Muslim government officials and employees working in places other than the aforementioned provinces and cities including Metro Manila are excused from reporting for work so they can observe the holiday.

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