Malacañang has released this year’s list of holidays to guide the business sector and other institutions on planning their activities.

Based on Proclamation No. 1699 signed by President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo last December 24, 2008, there are ten (10) long holidays for 2009.

This year’s regular holidays are:

* April 6 (the Monday nearest to April 9 which is Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor)
* April 9 (Maundy Thursday)
* April 10 (Good Friday)
* May 1 (Labor Day)
* June 12 (Independence Day)
* August 31 (National Heroes Day)
* November 30 (Bonifacio Day)
* December 25 (Christmas Day)
* December 30 (Rizal Day)

On the other hand, the following are special non-working holidays:

* August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day)
* November 1 (All Saints Day)
* November 2 (additional special non-working day)
* December 24 (additional special non-working day)
* December 31 (last day of the year)

The date of Eid’l Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which is declared as a national holiday, shall be determined by the Office of Muslim Affairs in accordance with the lunar calendar.

The long weekend and movement of holidays is in compliance with Republic Act 9492 or known as the Holiday Economics Law. It states that holidays that fall on a Wednesday will be observed on a Monday. If it falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on a Monday.

Holiday economics was introduced by President Arroyo in 2001 as a way to allow Filipinos to spend more time with their families and a way to encourage domestic tourism.

With the early release of this year’s list of holidays, Makati Business Club Executive Director Alberto Lim said, in his interview with Philippine Daily Inquirer, that this would be beneficial to the local tourism industry, as families would be able to travel; and promote consumer spending which in turn, benefits the economy.

Meanwhile, Mr. Donald Dee, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries said in the same interview that the early release would help them schedule their activities throughout the year. He adds that the long weekend may help firms improve productivity. thanks its following sources:

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Office of the Press Secretary Website. Republic Act 9492