Eid'l Adha celebration on Nov. 27, 28 not national holidays -Palace

November 1, 2009 10:24 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 2 — Malacanang clarified on Monday that the celebration of Eid’l Adha will be regional holidays in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) instead of earlier announcement of national holidays.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde in a radio interview said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Proclamation 1808-A which declared November 27 and 28 as regional holidays in ARMM in celebration of the feast of Eid’l Adha.

Remonde said this came about after the business community, through Trade Secretary Peter Favila, appealed to President Arroyo to declare Eid’l Adha just regional holidays.

He said they reasoned that there are already many holidays scheduled this month.

Likewise, the business sector cited the decrease in their productivity as their employees affected by floods brought about by a series of typhoons that hit the country, failed to report for work, Remonde added.

”Malacanang would like to apologize for the inconvenience it created on its earlier announcement of celebration Eid’l Adha as national holiday but making this as regional holidays is for the benefit of our economy and our productivity,” the Palace official said.(PNA) LDV/rudyma

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