Palace mulls declaring Chinese New Year a holiday-A A +A
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
MALACAÑANG is still studying the option of declaring February 3, Chinese New Year, as a national holiday.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino III tasked Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa to look into the possibility of declaring the day a holiday.
Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is not included in the list of 2011 official holidays.
Lacierda said the administration considered the importance of the celebration to the Chinese community, but its holiday declaration will depend on the clamor of the public.
Chinese New Year has never been declared as holiday in the past years.
Aquino does not favor too many holidays, noting its effect to the country’s economy.
The President recalled the holiday economics law enacted by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which creates long weekends by moving regular and special holidays to the nearest Mondays. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)