#MayPasok: July 27 is a Working Holiday—And That Means There Are Classes in Schools and Work in Offices

The Philippine Arena by Crossleague - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Update: #WalangPasok in some selected schools in Quezon City

For those of you who are expecting to have another long weekend this week, don’t get your hopes up—Monday, July 27, 2015, the anniversary of the largest Christian Church in the Philippines Iglesia ni Cristo, is a special national working holiday, the Palace emphasizes.

Punta Chapel - Built in 1937, the former chapel of Punta, Manila congregation is now an INC museum - via Wikimedia Commons
Punta Chapel – Built in 1937, the former chapel of Punta, Manila congregation is now an INC museum – via Wikimedia Commons

A working holiday means that there will be classes in schools and that offices and other establishments will be open (except maybe if your company has its own policy and declares otherwise). The special event that occurred during that specific date will be commemorated, but the day will pass just like any other regular day.

For those in the workforce expecting to have an incentive this Monday, don’t get your hopes up either. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) already made it clear that pay rate on July 27 will remain basic, with no additions. Once again, if there would be any incentives added at all, that would depend on your company.

July 27,2015 A Special Day for the Iglesia Ni Cristo

July 27 is Iglesia ni Cristo’s founding date and is a special day for the members and followers of the church. July 27 has also been declared a special national working holiday since 2008 through Republic Act No. 9645, also called the Commemoration of the Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo Act.

Section 2 states that “It is the declared policy of the State to observe the founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo every 27th of July in recognition of its exemplary feat of leading its members towards spiritual enlightenment and good citizenry”.

The Philippine Arena by Crossleague - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The Philippine Arena by Crossleague – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Section 3 makes it clear that “July 27 of every year is hereby declared as a special national working holiday in commemoration of the founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines”.

Last year, President Benigno Aquino III declared July 27 a non-working holiday because 2014 marked the centennial (100th) anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo, which was founded in the year 1914. There were no classes and no offices last year. The President’s decision allowed members and followers of the Iglesia ni Cristo to take part in their church’s celebration, which was held in the Philippine Arena, and to minimize traffic and any other hassles that could get in the way of the church’s biggest celebration of their faith. Along with the declaration, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) aided the event and the huge wave of INC attendees by deploying additional traffic enforcers, police cars, dump trucks, and a fire truck.

So for those expecting that this year’s July 27 would be an additional rest day, please be reminded that July 27, 2015, is a special national working holiday, and there will be classes and offices like the usual. The Iglesia ni Kristo is now celebrating 101 years of its establishment, and you will have to wait for another 99 years for another non-working holiday on July 27. Again, don’t be misled: #MayPasok po!

Also see: The complete list of Philippine Holidays and Long Weekends for 2019

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