Republic Act. No. 9492

Republic of the Philippines
CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES

METRO MANILA

THIRTEENTH CONGRESS

THIRD REGULAR SESSION

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-fourth day of July, two thousand and six.

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9492

AN ACT RATIONALIZING THE CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 26, CHAPTER 7, BOOK 1 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 292, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF 1987

SECTION 1.          Section 26, Chapter 7, Book 1 of Executive Order No. 292, as amended, otherwise known as the Administrative Code of 1987, is hereby amended to read as follows:

“SEC. 26.              Regular Holidays and Nationwide Special Days. — (1) Unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation, the following regular holidays and special days shall be observed in the country:

a)                  Regular Holidays

New Year’s Day -January 1
Maundy Thursday -Movable Date
Good Friday -Movable Date
Eidul Fitr -Movable Date
Araw ng Kagitingan (Bataan and Corregidor Day) -Monday nearest April 9
Labor Day -Monday nearest May 1
Independence Day -Monday nearest June 12
National Heroes Day -Last Monday of August
Bonifacio Day -Monday nearest November 30
Christmas Day -December 25
Rizal Day -Monday nearest December 30

b)                  Nationwide Special Holidays

Ninoy Aquino Day -Monday nearest August 21
All Saints Day -November 1
Last  Day of the Year -December 31

c)            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, the holiday will be observed on the Monday that follows:

Provided, That for movable holidays, the President shall issue a proclamation, at least six months prior to the holiday concerned, the specific date that shall be declared as a nonworking day:

Provided, however, That Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.”

SECTION 2.          All laws, orders presidential issuances, rules and regulations or part thereof inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 3.          This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in at least two newspapers of general circulation.

Approved,

(Sgd.) JOSE DE VENECIA JR.

Speaker of the House of Representatives

(Sgd.) MANNY VILLAR

President of the Senate

This Act which originated in the Senate was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on January 30, 2007 and February 7, 2007, respectively.

(Sgd.) ROBERTO P. NAZARENO

Secretary General

House of Representatives

(Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES

Secretary of the Senate

Approved: July 24, 2007.

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO

President of the Philippines

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