All Souls’ Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve 2021 declared as “special working holidays”

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Get ready to clock in more hours during the holidays, because President Rodrigo Duterte just proclaimed that All Souls’ Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve this year will be special working holidays.

The Malacañang Palace announced the amendment through Proclamation No. 1107 disseminated on Friday. In the document, President Duterte amended Proclamation No. 986 issued last July, where November 2, December 24, and December 31 were previously listed as “special non-working holidays.”

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” the president’s latest proclamation read.

Below is a list of all the regular holidays, special non-working holidays, and special working holidays for 2021, according to Proclamation No. 1107:

Regular holidays

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Friday)
  • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Friday)
  • Maundy Thursday – April 1
  • Good Friday – April 2
  • Labor Day – May 1 (Saturday)
  • Independence Day – June 12 (Saturday)
  • National Heroes’ Day – August 30 (every last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Tuesday)
  • Christmas Day – December 25 (Saturday)
  • Rizal Day -December 30 (Thursday)

Special non-working days

  • Chinese New Year – February 12 (Friday)
  • EDSA People Power Anniversary – February 25 (Thursday)
  • Black Saturday – April 3
  • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Saturday)
  • All Saints’ Day – November 1 (Monday)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – December 8 (Wednesday)

Special working days

  • All Souls’ Day – November 2 (Tuesday)
  • Christmas Eve – December 24 (Friday)
  • Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Friday)

This brings the total number of special non-working down to just 16 days from the original 19.

For employees who plan to report to work during the given dates, this means losing the additional 30% that they are traditionally granted when these dates were considered special non-working holidays.

Outraged by the proclamation, social media users flooded various replies and comments section with their frustration. Some speculated that this is just “power tripping,” while some questioned how the government is reviving the economy, a means which ironically puts the burden on the workforce.

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For those who are counting — and we know you are — this took away three long weekends. At least the National Heroes’ Day long weekend will never leave us.

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