MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Malacañang has declared November 29, Monday, a regular nonworking holiday in celebration of Bonifacio Day, a radio dzMM report said.
It is the second holiday declared by Malacañang this month and the first to follow former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's policy of holiday economics, which allows the President to move non-religious holidays to the nearest Monday. Bonifacio Day actually falls on November 30, a Tuesday.
In a press briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said Malacañang will be more systematic in declaring holidays. He admitted that some people are confused with the Aquino administration's policy on holidays since President Benigno Aquino III had said that he would not follow his predecessor's policy on holiday economics.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, meanwhile, said holiday economics is good for domestic tourism as it allows workers to travel during long weekends.
He said businessmen want a fixed number of holidays every year and that the list of holidays be announced early.
The Palace earlier declared November 16, Tuesday, a National Holiday in celebration of the Islamic religious holiday Eid'l Adha.