Palace announces ’22 holidays


Proclamation No. 1236 was released by Malacañang towards the end of October, which listed the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2022.

Regular holidays for 2022:
• New Year’s Day (January 1)
• Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9)
• Maundy Thursday (April 14)
• Good Friday (April 15)
• Labor Day (May 1)
• Independence Day (June 12)
• National Heroes’ Day (August 29)
• Bonifacio Day (November 30)
• Christmas Day (December 25)
• Rizal Day (December 30)

Special non-working days:
• Chinese New Year (February 1)
• EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary (February 25)
• Black Saturday (April 16)
• Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21)
• All Saints’ Day (November 1)
• Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)

Special working days have also been declared as follows:
• All Souls’ Day (November 2)
• Christmas Eve (December 24)
• New Year’s Eve (December 31)

It said “the Department of Labor and Employment shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this proclamation.”

All Souls’ Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve had previously been considered special non-working days. Earlier this year, the Duterte administration amended the holidays to turn them into special working days instead.

The move, issued under Proclamation No. 1107, was : “For the country to recover from the adverse economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special working days instead.”

This is likely the rationale for those special working days carrying over to 2022, as the Philippine government’s pandemic response has been lagging behind other countries.

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