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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.
UPDATE: President Aquino has declared 9 May 2016 (Monday) as a special public holiday in conjunction with the national and local elections.
|1 Jan||Fri||New Year's Day
|2 Jan||Sat||Additional special non-working day|
|8 Feb||Mon||Chinese New Year|
|25 Feb||Thu||30th EDSA Revolution Anniversary
(Special public holiday for all)
|24 Mar||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|25 Mar||Fri||Good Friday|
|26 Mar||Sat||Black Saturday|
|9 Apr||Sat||Day of Valor / Araw ng Kagitingan|
|1 May||Sun||Labor Day|
|9 May||Mon||Special Public Holiday for Election|
|12 Jun||Sun||Independence Day|
|6 July||Wed||Eid’l Fitr *|
|21 Aug||Sun||Ninoy Aquino Day|
|29 Aug||Mon||National Heroes Day|
|11 Sep||Sun||Eidul Adha *|
|31 Oct||Mon||Additional non-working day|
|1 Nov||Tue||All Saints Day|
|30 Nov||Wed||Bonifacio Day|
|24 Dec||Sat||Additional non-working day|
|25 Dec||Sun||Christmas Day|
|30 Dec||Fri||Rizal Day|
|31 Dec||Sat||Last Day of the Year
* subject to change
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|28 Jan||Sat||Chinese New Year|
|9 Apr||Sun||Day of Valor / Araw ng Kagitingan|
|13 Apr||Thu||Maundy Thursday|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|15 Apr||Sat||Black Saturday|
|1 May||Mon||Labor Day|
|12 Jun||Mon||Independence Day|
|26 Jun||Mon||Eid’l Fitr *|
|21 Aug||Mon||Ninoy Aquino Day|
|28 Aug||Mon||National Heroes Day|
|1 Sep||Fri||Eidul Adha *|
|1 Nov||Wed||All Saints Day|
|30 Nov||Thu||Bonifacio Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|30 Dec||Sat||Rizal Day|
* subject to change