Published: Wednesday 14 December, 2016

December 26 & January 2 Declared Special Non-Working Holidays

More holidays are in store this month! The days after Christmas and New Year, December 26 and January 2, have been declared special holidays!


The special holidays were announced today by Malacanang to allow Filipinos to fully enjoy Christmas and New Year. Both these fall on a Sunday and it would be a drag to go to work immediately the day after.

“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,” said the announcement, which is contained in a special proclamation signed by Acting Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

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“A longer weekend promotes domestic tourism and enables employers to plan their work schedules effectively and efficiently, resulting in improved productivity,” it added.

The additional holiday after New year also means a long New Year weekend from December 30 to January 2.

December 30 is Rizal Day, commemorated each year as the death anniversary of our national hero.

With the special non-working days, employees and employers are likewise reminded that those who choose to work, or are compelled to work, during the said holidays should be given the appropriate salary rate adjustment.

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