Palace updates list of holidays for 2023 with more long weekends

November 16, 2022 People's Journal 845 views

MALACANANG has updated the list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2023, allowing “long weekends.”

Proclamation 90, signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin last Nov. 11, amends Proclamation 42 declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days.

“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,” the proclamation read.

Under the proclamation, Jan. 2, 2023, which falls on a Monday, will be an additional special non-working day “in consideration of the Filipino tradition of visiting relatives and spending time with their families for this occasion.”

Jan. 1, 2023, is already a regular holiday under Proclamation 90.

Proclamation 90 also moves the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan to April 10, 2023, the nearest Monday to its original date, April 9, 2023.

The proclamation likewise moves the commemoration of Bonifacio Day to Nov. 27, 2023, the nearest Monday to its original date, Nov. 30, 2023.

RA 9492, which was signed into law by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, moved regular and special holidays to the nearest Monday. Philippine News Agency