Eid'l Adha declared as non-working holiday (7:02 p.m.)-A A +A
Thursday, January 21, 2010
MANILA -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed into law, Republic Act 9849 law which declared the Eid'l Adha as a special national non-working day in the country.
The President signed Republic Act 9849 or the “Act Declaring the Tenth day of Zhul Hijja, the Twelfth Month of the Islamic Calendar, a National Holiday for the observance of Eidul Adha” on December 11, 2009.
Eid’l Adha, which used to be a regional special non-working holiday for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao only, is the second major Islamic festival celebrated by an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world, including some 10 million from the Philippines .
“In the event the holiday falls on a Wednesday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday of that week. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it shall be observed on the Monday that follows,” the President said in the law.
In 2009, Arroyo initially issued a proclamation that declared the Eid'l Adha as a special non-working holiday that will be observed nationwide from November 27 to 28, which she later withdrew and amended, limiting its observance to the ARMM after representatives from the business community complained that the nationwide observance of the Islamic holiday will affect their productivity. (JMR/Sunnex)