i mentioned in my earlier post that 2008 will be another banner year for travelling because of too many loong weekends, but still needs a proclamation from the Malacañang for it to be valid.
guess what, as i browsed the government's official website (out of habit yata hehehe), the waiting is over, there's a proclamation setting the dates of regular and special holidays for 2008!
part of the proclamation (the most important part, actually) is below:
President Arroyo signed the proclamation on Feb. 18, the day she declared Feb. 25, 2008 (Monday) as a Special (Non-Working) Day nationwide to mark the 22nd anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
R.A. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation.
This year, the following regular holidays shall fall on the following dates:
• Maundy Thursday (March 20, Thursday)
• Good Friday (March 21, Friday)
• Araw ng Kagitingan (April 7, Monday nearest April 9)
• Labor Day (May 1, Thursday)
• Independence Day (June 9, Monday nearest June 12)
• National Heroes’ Day (Aug. 25, last Monday of August)
• Bonifacio Day (Dec. 1, Monday nearest Nov. 30)
• Christmas Day (Dec. 25, Thursday); and
• Rizal Day (Dec. 30, Tuesday)
Meanwhile, the Special (Non-Working) Holidays for 2008 shall fall on the following dates:
• Ninoy Aquino Day (Aug.18, Monday nearest Aug. 21)
• All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1, Saturday)
• Additional Special (Non-Working) Day (Dec. 26, Friday)
• Additional Special (Non-Working) Day (Dec. 29, Monday)
• Last day of the year (Dec. 31, Wednesday).
As for the Muslims’ observance of Eidul Fitr, President Arroyo ordered the Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA) to inform the Office of the President (OP) “on which day the said holiday shall fall.”The President said another proclamation shall be issued declaring the Eidul Fitr date as a national holiday for Muslims “after the appropriate date of the Islamic holiday has been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.”
for more details, go here.
if you read this way ahead your officemates, grab that leave form and be the first one to file that Vacation leave, unahin na ang Dec 24, 2007 at January 2, 2008 para sa napakahabang Christmas at New Year's break.
as for the budget constraints, well...