No more long weekends in the name of "holiday economics" under Noynoy’s administration?
Former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s "holiday economics" policy, in which she moved non-religious holidays to the Monday nearest them in order to create long weekends, is up for review in the Aquino administration, reports GMANews.tv.
President Noynoy Aquino did not like the idea that this year’s Philippine Independence Day, which fell on a Saturday, was moved to the following Monday, June 14. He called the move "a sin," reported GMANews.tv and Inquirer.net. "June 12 will not be moved anymore," Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in the GMANews.TV report.
The law which allows for "holiday economics," Republic Act 9492, will be discussed by President Aquino soon. "I’m sure that if it’s something that [Aquino] frowns upon, the appropriate actions will be taken, " Lacierda said.
QTV’s 2009 report on "holiday economics"
Spawned by Arroyo in 2001, "holiday economics" aimed to reduce the disruption of business operations, boost tourism and give workers long weekends, reports Inquirer.net. It became a law in 2007.