Well, it’s not really the Labor Day weekend because President Arroyo declared it to be celebrated on the date itself contrary to her holiday economics scheme. Sheesh! Here’s the news article from the PDI:
May 1 a non-working holiday–Palace
First Posted 11:18:00 04/14/2008
MANILA, Philippines — Labor Day, May 1, will be a non-working holiday, Malacañang announced Monday.
Although May 1 will fall on a Thursday, the holiday will be on the same day and will not be moved to Friday or the nearest Monday as an exception to the holiday economics, according to Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye.
The holiday economics is in keeping with the Arroyo administration’s policy of rationalizing the observance of national and special holidays under Republic Act 9492.
To implement RA 9492, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed on Feb. 18, 2008 Proclamation No. 1463 which set the specific dates of movable holidays.
Under Proclamation No. 1463, the following regular holidays will be moved to the Monday nearest the holiday: Araw ng Kagitingan (from April 9), Independence Day (from June 12), National Heroes Day (last Monday of August), Bonifacio Day (from November 30).
The Ninoy Aquino Day, a special non-working day, observed on August 21 has been moved to the nearest Monday August 18.
The following regular holidays shall fall on the following dates: Maundy Thursday (March 20, Thursday), Good Friday (March 21, Friday), Labor Day (May 1, Thursday), Christmas Day (December 25, Thursday) and Rizal Day (Dec. 30, Tuesday).
This year, Special (Non-Working) Holidays such as the All Saints’ Day falls on Nov. 1, Saturday and the Last Day of the year on December 31, Wednesday.
Proclamation No. 1463 also listed two additional special (non-working) days this 2008 which are December 26, Friday and December 29, Monday.
Lira D. Fernandez
Why’d she make an exception to May 1? Oh, well. If I have plans for that weekend, I’ll just have to file for a one-day leave. Hehe…