MANILA — President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday issued a new proclamation revising the list of regular holidays and added a special non-working day for next year.
In signing Proclamation No. 90, Marcos said there was a need to follow the principle of economics by implementing a longer weekend which "will help encourage domestic travel and increase tourism expenditures in the country."
REVISED LIST: 2023 holidays
- Jan. 1 (Sunday) - New Year's Day
- April 10 (Monday nearest April 9) - Araw ng Kagitingan
- April 6 - Maundy Thursday
- April 7 - Good Friday
- May 1 (Monday) - Labor Day
- June 12 (Monday) - Independence Day
- Aug. 28 (Last Monday of August) - National Heroes Day
- Nov. 27 (Monday nearest Nov. 30) - Bonifacio Day
- Dec. 25 (Monday) - Christmas Day
- Dec. 30 - Rizal Day
SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS
- Feb. 25 - EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary
- April 8 - Black Saturday
- Aug. 21 (Monday) - Ninoy Aquino Day
- Nov. 1 (Wednesday) - All Saints' Day
- Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
- Dec. 31- Last day of the year
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAY
- Nov. 2 (Thursday)
- Jan. 2 (Monday)
The President set Jan. 2 as an additional special non-working day in consideration of Filipinos visiting their relatives on New Year's celebration and to help them spend time with their family.
Nov. 30, the annual date of observation for Bonifacio Day, may still be declared a working day, Marcos said.
Marcos said all other provisions of Proclamation No. 42 series of 2022 will still be in effect.
Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr, president of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, said the number of non-working holidays in the country should be reduced as companies and workers who live on daily wages are greatly affected by these.
He claimed some holidays are politically motivated while others are not even known by some Filipinos.
"Sana ang ibang mga holiday gawin na lamang regional," he suggested. "Sana gawing working ang ibang holiday sa bansa."