Malolos City, Bulacan will be commemorating the 114th anniversary of the establishment of the Malolos Congress this September 15, 2012. The day, which this year falls on a Saturday, is a holiday in the said city as stipulated in the konAdministrative Code of Bulacan, which was signed by then-Governor Josefina Dela Cruz back in 2007. Click here to download the Administrative Code of Bulacan (in pdf format). Delegates of the Malolos Congress drafted the 1899 Malolos Constitution – said to be Asia’s first republican constitution.
Signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Proclamation 246 aims to give “to give the people of the City of Malolos the opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion.” Since this is not a national holiday, those who opt to work on this day will only be getting a 30% additional to their regular hourly rate (plus another 30% if they work overtime).
The establishment of Malolos Congress as well as its consequences in Philippine history has been the subject of intense political and historical debates for many years now. Some claim that elite Filipinos, people who supposedly never really took part in the Katipunan revolt against the Spanish colonizers, dominated the Malolos Congress – hence, they were able to promote their interests here. One suggested reading would be Teodoro Agoncillo’s “Malolos: Crisis of the Republic.”
Proclamation No. 246: http://www.gov.ph/2011/09/05/proclamation-no-246-s-2011/
DOLE Pay Rules: http://www.dole.gov.ph/list_of_holidays.php?id=95