MALACAÑANG officially declared July 6, Wednesday, as a non-working holiday in observance of Eid al-Fitr.
Under Proclamation 6 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on July 4, President Rodrigo Duterte said the entire Filipino nation should have the "full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony."
"In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid'l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Wednesday, 6 July 2016, as a regular holiday throughout the country," the President said.
"Therefore, I, Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Wednesday, 6 July 2016, as a regular holiday throughout the country, in observance of Eid'l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan)," he added.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of fasting for Muslims.
Republic Act 9177, signed into law by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, declares the first day of Shawwāl, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, a regular holiday across the country.
The law says "the approximate date of these Islamic holidays may be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient."
Based on the calendar released by the National Commission in Muslim Filipinos, the Ramadan ends on July 5. (Sunnex)