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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Class suspensions – October 14 2013

 

The Iglesia  ni Cristo (INC), a religious sect known for bloc voting during elections, will hold its annual medical and dental mission around Metro Manila this Monday, October 14. The event is being referred to as “Kabayan Ko Kapatid Ko Lingap sa Mamamayan.” In anticipation of the event, local government units across the region decided to suspend classes for the said day.

 

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada took the lead last Friday when he announced that classes in all levels are canceled within his constituency. In an executive order, Estrada noted that as much as 1.6 million INC members are expected to flock to the nation’s capital as part of the event. The class suspension, Estrada argued, aims “to help in efforts to preserve peace and order and ensure public safety.”

october 14 2013 class suspensions

Several cities have announced class suspensions for October 14 2013

 

As of Sunday night, Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro announced the suspension of classes in the areas listed below. Please note that October 15 is also a holiday by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 658, designating the day as the date for the Islamic festival Eid’l Adha.

1. Manila (including college level)
2. Quezon City
3. Caloocan
4. Pasig
5. Pasay
6. Makati
7. Mandaluyong
8. Taguig
9. Paranaque
10. Pateros
11. San Juan
12. Muntinlupa
13. Valenzuela

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October 15 2013 Eid’l Adha Philippine Holiday

Filipino Muslims will be celebrating their annual feast of sacrifice or Eid’l Adha on October 26. The day, which this 2013 falls on a Tuesday, is a regular holiday in the country by virtue of Republic Act 9849, which was signed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo back in 2009. Click here to read the full text of RA 9849.

The holiday has been included by President Benigno Aquino III as one of the holidays for 2013 through Proclamation 459, which you can read in full here.

The said proclamation states that the Palace will only officially declare Eid’l Adha and Eid’l Fitr as a holiday once the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos have determined the approximate dates where the said occasions will fall “in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.”

The final date for the occasion has been  announced through Proclamation 658, which President Aquino signed last October 3. Eid’l Adha is a religious fest where Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrificing his son Isaac – an event which signifies humans’ obedience to God.

See the table below to see the existing pay rules by the Department of Labor and Employment for regular holidays (left click to enlarge):

DOLE holiday pay rules

A table showing DOLE pay rules for regular and special non-working holidays (Credits: http://www.gov.ph/whats-the-difference-between-a-regular-holiday-and-a-special-non-working-day/)

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October 28 2013 Philippine holiday – Barangay Elections

President Benigno Aquino III has declared October 28, the last Monday of the month, as a special non-working holiday. The triennial barangay elections is scheduled to be held on the said day. The president made the announcement through Presidential Proclamation 656, which he signed last September 25. Access the full text of proclamation 656 here.

Aquino made a similar declaration (Proclamation 571) in connection with the midterm polls held last May. Designating October 28 as a holiday is meant to give Filipinos “the fullest opportunity to participate in the elections and (to) exercise their right to vote.”

Aside from the barangay elections, the Sangguniang Kabataan polls is also scheduled to be held on that day though a bill that seeks to defer it to February 2015 has already been passed in Congress.

As The Filipino Scribe noted before, not declaring October 28 a holiday may seriously affect voters’ turnout since the Philippines currently does not allow early voting unlike in the United States.

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