Malacanang Palace just declared December 26, 2017 and January 2, 2018 as special holidays for the government employees. Memorandum Circular No.37 which made the announcement mentions government offices including government owned and controlled corporations, government financial institution, state universities and colleges, local government units and other agencies and instrumentalities .The two dates, which fell on a Tuesday, are the days following the two major national holidays in the country: Christmas and New Year's Day.
These two new holidays will allow government employees extra time with their families. Traditionally, Christmas and New Year's Day were opportunities for families to get together.
Aside from government, all others will return to their normal schedules. Government employees that will be required to work on that day shall receive 30% additional on their daily rate. This is in accordance to the rules set forth by the Philippine Labor Law.