LIST: 2019 Holidays, Long Weekends in the Philippines


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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace has released the official list of regular holidays and special (non-working) days for the year 2019.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 555, which declares 19 regular and non-working holidays in 2019.

LIST: 2019 Holidays, Long Weekends in the Philippines

This includes November 2 (Saturday) and December 24 (Tuesday) as two additional non-working days throughout the country.

The two dates have been added “to strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day and Christmas Day commemorative activities, and will promote domestic tourism as well”.

Note that December 8 special holiday was added in the list to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, based on Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10966.

FULL LIST OF HOLIDAYS IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR 2019

REGULAR HOLIDAYS
  • January 1 (Tuesday) – New Year’s Day
  • April 9 (Tuesday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
  • April 18 – Maunday Thursday
  • April 19 – Good Friday
  • May 1 (Wednesday) – Labor Day
  • June 12 (Wednesday) – Independence Day
  • August 26 (last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day
  • November 30 (Saturday) – Bonifacio Day
  • December 25 (Wednesday) – Christmas Day
  • December 30 (Monday) – Rizal Day

SPECIAL NON-WORKING DAYS
  • February 5 (Tuesday) – Chinese New Year
  • February 25 (Monday) – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary
  • April 20 – Black Saturday
  • August 21 (Wednesday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • November 1 (Friday) – All Saint’s Day
  • December 8 (Sunday) – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
  • December 31 (Tuesday) – Last Day of the Year

ADDITIONAL NON-WORKING HOLIDAYS
  • November 2 (Saturday) – All Souls Day
  • December 24 (Tuesday) – Christmas Eve

PLAN AHEAD: 9 long weekends in 2019. This list covers only holidays that fall on a Monday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday (with one vacation leave in between), making the long weekend possible.

1. December 29, 2018 to January 1, 2019 (Rizal Day and New Year weekend)
2. February 2 to 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year weekend)
3. February 23 to 25, 2019 (EDSA Anniversary weekend)
4. April 6 to 9, 2019 (Araw ng Kagitingan weekend)
5. April 18 to 21, 2019 (Holy Week)
6. August 24 to 26, 2019 (National Heroes' Day weekend)
7. November 1 to 3, 2019 (All Saints/Souls' Day weekend)
8. December 21 to 25, 2019 (Christmas weekend)
9. December 28, 2019 to January 1, 2020 (Rizal Day and New Year weekend)

long weekends 2019 Philippines
2019 LONG WEEKENDS. Infographic courtesy of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The proclamation declaring national holidays for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha, two major feasts of Islam, will be issued after the dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra).

“To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which these holidays shall respectively fall,” the proclamation stated.

Based on labor laws, employees who work on holidays will be paid more than overtime rate on regular days. On top of their regular hourly rate, they will receive an additional 25% of their regular hourly rate.

On the other hand, employees who work on regular holidays will receive at least 200% of the sum of their daily rate and cost of living allowance.

Those who work on special non-working days will receive at least 130% of the sum their daily rate and cost of living allowance.

Duterte has ordered the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to publicize the implementing guidelines for the proclamation.


— The Summit Express


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