Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May 1, 2010 regular holiday moved to May 3, 2010

It looks like we'll have a long weekend after all. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said, "In view of the yearly observance of Labor Day, the MalacaƱang Palace had instead declared May 3, 2010, a Monday, in lieu of May 1, a Saturday, as a regular holiday nationwide."

Proclamation No. 2043 signed today (April 28, 2010) cited that R.A. 9849 provides among others, that Labor Day “shall be observed on a Monday nearest May 1, which happens to be May 3, 2010.” This supersedes Proclamation No. 1841 where May 1 (Saturday) was declared a regular holiday.

The Proclamation stressed that “a longer weekend encourages families to get together and strengthen their relationship towards a more productive environment, as well as promotes domestic tourism, and enables employers to plan their schedules effectively and efficiently, resulting in improved productivity.”

For other holidays check out Philippine holidays and long-weekend schedule for 2010.


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MALACANANG
Manila

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 2043

DECLARING MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010 AS REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

WHEREAS, Proclamation No. 1841 dated July 21, 2009, declared the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working) Days and Special Holiday for the year 2010;

WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9849 dated December 11, 2009 amended RA 9492 dated July 24, 2007, which in effect supersedes Proclamation No. 1841 where May 1, 2010 (Saturday) was declared as a Regular Holiday;

WHEREAS, RA 9849 provides among others, that Labor Day shall be observed on a Monday nearest May 1, which happens to be on May 3, 2010;

WHEREAS, a longer weekend encourages families to get together and strengthen their relationship towards a more productive environment, as well as promotes domestic tourism and enables employers to plan their work schedules effectively and efficiently, resulting in improved productivity, which is achieved whether the holiday falls on a Friday or Monday;

WHEREAS, RA 9849 allows the modification of the Regular Holidays and Nationwide Special Days by law, order or proclamation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I LEANDRO R. MENDOZA, Executive Secretary, by authority of Her Excellency, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, do hereby declare Monday, May 3, 2010, as regular holiday throughout the country.

The Department of Labor and Employment is hereby directed to issue appropriate circular to implement this Proclamation for the private sector.

Done in the City of Manila this 28th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten

By authority of the President:

LEANDRO R. MENDOZA
Executive Secretary

By the Executive Secretary:

AGUSTIN S. DIZON
Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs
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