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Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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The Republic of the Philippines consists of over 7,640 islands, making it the largest island group forming a nation in the world. The Philippines celebrate 18 national holidays each year. Of these 18 national holidays, 4 of these holidays are considered “special non-working” days.

Under the Labour Code of the Philippines, all employees are entitled to receive a paid day off for the 14 national holidays. Special non-working days do not qualify for holiday pay. According to the Labor Law, anyone who works on a national holiday due to the nature of their job is entitled to twice their normal salary for every hour worked. Employees that work on a special non-working day are guaranteed a rate of one and one-third their average wage.

The Office of the President regulates national holidays and uses Executive Orders to make changes to any public holiday dates. There have been several Executive Orders issued in recent years as the presidency changes. The government has the authority to move some national holidays to a later date if it extends the weekends. Special one-time non-working holidays are often declared by the government for special events such as voting. These one-time holidays are considered special non-working days and not paid holidays.

Some of the holidays celebrated each year are based on religious beliefs. These dates may change because the celebration days are calculated using the lunar cycle. Employers are required to acknowledge these holidays each year regardless of when they occur.

Some of the islands in the Philippines are considered Muslim faith islands. These areas have a population where practitioners of this faith exceed 95 percent. In these areas, some of the Christian holidays are replaced with different Muslim holidays. The official holidays and dates for these celebrations are announced each year by the government.

There are many different cultures and religions practiced in the Philippines. With such a diverse culture, the government has limited the national holidays to the ones listed above. Although the government recognises these special cultural and religious holidays, it does not acknowledge any of these events as national holidays.

Public Holidays 2016

The official proclamation of holidays for 2016 was made with the signing of Proclamation 1105 on 20 August 2015.

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
2 JanSatAdditional special non-working day
8 FebMonChinese New Year
25 FebThu30th EDSA Revolution Anniversary
(Special public holiday for all)
24 MarThuMaundy Thursday
25 MarFriGood Friday
26 MarSatBlack Saturday
9 AprSatDay of Valor / Araw ng Kagitingan
1 MaySunLabor Day
9 MayMonSpecial Public Holiday for Election
12 JunSunIndependence Day
6 JulyWedEid’l Fitr *
21 AugSunNinoy Aquino Day
29 AugMonNational Heroes Day
12 SepMonEidul Adha
31 OctMonAll Saints Day Holiday
(Additional non-working day)
1 NovTueAll Saints Day
30 NovWedBonifacio Day
24 DecSatChristmas Holiday
(Additional non-working day)
25 DecSunChristmas Day
30 DecFriRizal Day
31 DecSatLast Day of the Year

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Public Holidays 2017

The official proclamation of holidays for 2017 was made with the signing of Proclamation 50 on 16 August 2016.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
28 JanSatChinese New Year
25 FebSat31st EDSA Revolution Anniversary
9 AprSunDay of Valor / Araw ng Kagitingan
13 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatBlack Saturday
1 MayMonLabor Day
12 JunMonIndependence Day
26 JunMonEid’l Fitr *
21 AugMonNinoy Aquino Day
28 AugMonNational Heroes Day
1 SepFriEidul Adha *
31 OctTueAll Saints Day Holiday
(Additional non-working day)
1 NovWedAll Saints Day
30 NovThuBonifacio Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
30 DecSatRizal Day
31 DecSunLast Day of the Year

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* subject to change