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Marcos adds more holidays for 2023

Marcos adds more holidays for 2023

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has issued a proclamation declaring additional holidays and adjusting other non-working days for 2023.

Amending Proclamation No. 42, Proclamation No. 90 declares January 2, 2023 as a special non-working day while April 10 and November 27, 2023 are now considered as regular holidays.

“There is a need to adjust these holidays pursuant to the principle of holiday economics wherein a longer weekend will help encourage domestic travel and increase tourism expenditures in the country,” Marcos said.

Marcos said New Year’s Day in 2023 falls on a Sunday therefore “it is but fitting to declare January 2 (Monday) as an additional special non-working day throughout the country.”

He also said the Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9) falls on a Sunday as well.

“To enable our countrymen to avail of the benefits of a longer weekend, Monday, April 10, 2023, in lieu of Sunday, April 9, 2023 may be declared as a non-working holiday, provided that the historical significance of Araw ng Kagitingan is maintained,” he explained.

Bonifacio Day, which is observed on November 30, falls on a Thursday for 2023. Marcos said November 27 may be declared as a non-working holiday while November 30 may be declared as a working day.

Other holidays declared shall remain “unchanged, valid, and existing.”