President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 1105 declaring the national holidays to be observed in 2016 to allow the businessmen, various offices, both public and private, and schools to plan their activities.
The regular holidays and special non-working days posted at the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) are as follows:
A. Regular Holidays
- January 1 (Friday) – New Year’s Day
- March 24 – Maundy Thursday
- March 25 – Good Friday
- April 9 (Saturday) – Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 (Sunday) – Labor Day
- June 12 (Sunday) – Independence Day
- August 29 (Monday) – National Heroes’ Day
- November 30 (Wednesday) – Bonifacio Day
- December 25 (Sunday) – Christmas Day
- December 30 (Friday) – Rizal Day
- February 8 (Monday) – Chinese New Year
- February 25 (Thursday) – EDSA People Power Revolution
- March 26 – Black Saturday
- August 21 (Sunday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
- November 1 (Tuesday) – All Saints’ Day
The proclamation also declared January 2 (Saturday), October 31 (Monday), December 24 (Saturday) and December 31 (Saturday) as additional special non-working days throughout the country to strengthen family ties by providing longer New Year, All Saints’ Day and Christmas weekends and to promote domestic tourism as well.
Meanwhile, Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as national holidays once the exact dates are determined in the Islamic calendar.
According to Section 3 of the proclamation, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this order.