President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has declared October 31, 2022 as a special non-working holiday to allow Filipinos to spend more time with their families ahead of Undas as well as to promote local tourism.
“The President has already signed the proclamation, declaring October 31 as a special non-working holiday,” Office of the Press Secretary officer-in-charge Cheloy Garafil said in a Palace press briefing.
The signing of the presidential proclamation came ahead of the country’s annual commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.
Nov. 1, which falls on a Tuesday this year, is a special non-working day. However, Nov. 2 was declared a special working day to help the country recover from the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For next year, President Marcos declared Nov. 1 and 2, 2023 as special non-working days.
Mr. Marcos declared Nov. 2, 2023 as an additional special non-working day to “strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day activities, as well as promote domestic tourism.”