December 4 and 8, 2017 are NOT Holidays

This week will be a "normal" week for most of us because December 4 and 8 are NOT non-working holidays contrary to popular expectation. Let me explain what happened. Let's start off with December 4.
The Philippine Flag. 

December 4 Holiday? No More

Militant transport group PISTON has planned to hold a two-day nationwide transport strike starting tomorrow, December 4 but as early as this morning, news broke out that they decided to cancel the transport strike. The last time PISTON held a nationwide transport strike last October 16, Malacanang Palace responded by canceling classes and government work. With the strike canceled this time, classes and work will resume normally. And yes, you will have to face the deadly traffic of Monday Manila!



December 8 Holiday? Not Yet

Late last month, the lower house of the Philippine congress approved a bill that aims to make December 8 an annual special non-working national holiday to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. But since laws passed in the lower house needs to be reviewed and approved at the Senate level and then signed by the President, then we'll have to wait for a few more days to know for sure. If by some miracle the bill was signed and a proclamation issued before Friday, then, it will be a long weekend.

Remaining Holidays of 2017

There's quite a few nationwide holidays looming in the horizon as we approach the end of year 2017. Here's the updated list:


Regular Holidays

January 1, 2017 (Sunday) – New Year's Day
April 9, 2017 (Sunday) – Araw ng Kagitingan 
April 13, 2017 – Maundy Thursday 
April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
May 1, 2017 (Monday) – Labor Day 
June 12, 2017 (Monday) – Independence Day
June 26, 2017 (Monday) – Eid'l Fitr 
August 28, 2017 (last Monday of August )– National Heroes' Day 
September 1, 2017 (Friday) – Eid'l Adha
November 30, 2017 (Thursday) – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2017, Monday – Christmas Day 
December 30, 2017, Saturday – Rizal Day

Special non-working holidays

January 2, 2017, Monday – based on Proclamation No. 117
January 28, 2017, Saturday – Chinese New Year 
February 25, 2017, Saturday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
April 15, 2017 – Black Saturday 
August 21, 2017, Monday – Ninoy Aquino Day 
October 31, 2017, Tuesday – additional special non-working day
November 1, 2017, Wednesday – All Saints' Day 
December 31, 2017, Sunday – last day of the year

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