MANILA, Philippines - Say goodbye to long holidays in 2011.
President Aquino has decided to stick with the scheduled holidays for 2011, including those that fall during the weekends.
Aquino said the government will no longer practice holiday economics.
He said he made the decision to help laborers, who are paid daily, earn more.
"Natyempuhan sa weekend natin inilagay para naman po yung arawang sumasahod ay mapanatili," he said.
The President also said no one lobbied for the change in policy.
"I was given a set of three choices. I chose the one that [doesn't seem] to disrupt the people's ability to make a living for themselves," he said.
Some business groups have criticized the holiday economics policy, saying it affects their bottomline, while some complained they are unable to shoulder the extra holiday pay.
Of the 14 holidays determined by Malacañang via Proclamation No. 84 released Monday, four fall on a Sunday:
- Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
- Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
- Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
- Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday) (special nonworking holiday)
Three, meanwhile, fall on a Saturday.
- New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
- Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
- Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)
The rest of the holidays fall on weekdays.
- Maundy Thursday – April 21
- Good Friday – April 22
- National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
- Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
- Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)
- All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday) (special nonworking holiday)
- EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday) (special holiday for all schools)
Meanwhile, the dates of the Islamic holidays Ed'l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall still be determined in accordance with the Islamic or lunar calendar. Reports from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News, and ANC