Malacañang Palace declared Dec 26, Jan. 2 as special non-working days

Morning in Palawan by Rachel Halili

Malacañang Palace declared Dec 26, Jan. 2 as special non-working days

This news will definitely make you smile: The Palace has finally announced on Wednesday that December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017 are deemed special non-working days.

Spend special non-working days at Inobahan Beach - photo by Ramon Marinas
Spend special non-working days at Inobahan Beach – photo by Ramon Marinas

The Proclamation 117, signed by Acting Executive Secretary Menardo Guevara, stated that declaring December 26 (Monday) and January 2 (Monday) as special non-working holidays give people more time to celebrate and bond with their families, relatives, and friends.

“The declaration of 26 December 201 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,” the proclamation reads.

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

Reminders: December 24 and December 31 are special non-working holidays; December 25 and January 1, in the meantime, are regular holidays. All these dates fall on a weekend this holiday season.

Guevarra signed the said proclamation on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte who paid a visit to Cambodia.

Poblacion Beach in Carabao Island
Poblacion Beach in Carabao Island

The palace has also directed the Department of Labor and Employment to issue a circular in the implementation of the said proclamation for the private sector.

Employees who will report for work in a special non-working holiday should make note that they will get 1.3 times their daily rate. Workers who do not work on such day, in the meantime, will get no pay.

“Our President Digong ay after talaga sa happiness ng mga pinoy. Mabuhay siya!” says a Facebook user with the handle Del Reyes.

“Tama lang po yang mga petsa na yan kasi mga pagod pa mga tao nyan wala pa sa kondisyon mga katawan sa pagwowork.., mr president knows talaga pampasaya sa karamihang noypi,” says another Facebook user Shirley Macutay Tolbe.

So, do you have long weekend plans? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Also Read: List of Philippine Public Holidays and Long Weekends for 2017

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