President Rodrigo Duterte has recently revealed ten regular and nine special non working holidays in 2020. Proclamation No. 845, officially signed by the president, will provide Filipinos more quality time with their families. Regular holidays include the following: Jan. 1, or New Year’s Day; April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan; April 9 and 10, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, respectively; May 1, Labor Day; June 12, Independence Day; Aug. 31, National Heroes Day; Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day; Dec. 25, Christmas Day and Dec. 30, Rizal Day.
The special non-working holidays include Jan. 25, Chinese New Year; Feb. 25, EDSA People Power Revolution; April 11, Black Saturday; Aug. 21, Ninoy Aquino Day; Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day; Dec. 8, Immaculate Conception and Dec. 31, last day of the year. Added special non-working days include All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2 and Dec. 24, day before Christmas.
The proclamation also added November 2 and December 24 as additional special non working holidays in a bid to “strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional all saints’ day, all souls’ day, and Christmas day commemorative activities, and will promote domestic tourism as well.”
With regard to the the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha, the proclamation states, “shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.” Moreover, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos will inform the Office of the President of the actual dates the holidays will respectively fall.