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Is Monday, July 23, 2012 (PNoy's Third SONA) a Holiday?

English: Mr. Noynoy Aquino
Pres. Noynoy Aquino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Well, I guess many of us is asking whether Malacanang will declare Monday, July 23, 2012 as a national holiday because of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's third State of the Nation Address (SONA). Well, the answer is "probably not". Based on previous two SONA's (2010 nad 2011), Malacanang decided to make the SONA day, a regular working day to everyone. There is a reason to believe that it would be the same this year.

Also, as many of us must have already noticed, Aquino's administration is discrete with holidays. That is why, only in certain cases that he declares new holdays aside from those whom he already pre-programmed before the year begins. For 2012, Proclamation No. 295 list down specific holidays to be celebrated this year and SONA day is not included, although the President have the power to change it.

A Balance Between Rest and Work
President Aquino appears to be careful in balancing the workforce's need for rest and the need of the employers. Data shows that the Philippines is one of the countries with many holidays. Although we really need holidays for special occasions and rest, we should not forget that we also need to work to survive. In my humble opinion, I'll just follow what the government decides, since they have the overall picture of the entire nation.

How about you? What do you think? Should President Aquino declare July 23 SONA as holiday? Please write your comment.
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