Duterte declares May 13 a regular holiday for Eid’l Fitr – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2021   •   387

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared May 13, Thursday, as a regular holiday in the country for the observance of Eid’l Fitr or the end of the month of fasting (Feast of Ramadhan) for the Muslim community, Malacañang said Monday.

Duterte signed Proclamation No. 1142 on Monday after the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos recommended declaring the date a holiday.

“In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Thursday, May 13, a regular holiday throughout the country,” the proclamation read.

Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslims for three days at the end of the month of fasting.

Employers reminded to observe pay rules for August holidays

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines —Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reminds employers in the private sector to observe the rules in the computation of wages for August holidays.

A statement from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday (August 20) said that additional pay is prescribed during the special non-working holiday on August 21 or the Ninoy Aquino Day, and on August 31 or the National Heroes Day, which is a regular holiday.

The advisory, however, noted that the Labor Department allows employers to defer the payment of the holiday pay on August 31, 2020, until the present health emergency situation on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been abated.

Furthermore, establishments that have totally closed or ceased operation during the community quarantine period are exempted from the payment of holiday pay imposed by the advisory.

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Posted by DOLE-Bureau of Working Conditions on Wednesday, 19 August 2020

VP Robredo commemorates 3rd Marawi Siege anniversary

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2020

FILE PHOTO: Community leaders survey damaged houses and buildings inside war-torn Marawi, Philippines January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tom Allard

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday issued a statement commemorating the harrowing events of the Marawi Siege.

“Today, we mark the third anniversary of the Marawi Siege. To this day, the city lies in ruins, and its people’s lives are frozen in time. Many of its residents remain in temporary shelter communities,” Robredo said.

The vice president recalled how the city of Marawi has been suffering “even as we all face the challenges brought about by COVID-19.”

She recounts how events bring people to connect as one.

“The ongoing crisis should have by now made us realize: The suffering of one redounds to the suffering of all. Magkakarugtong ang diwa at pamumuhay ng bawat Pilipino. Ang hamon sa isa ay hamon sa lahat; ang pagpapabaya sa isa ay pagpapabaya sa lahat; ang ginhawa at pag-angat ng mga nasa laylayan ay pag-angat ng lahat. Healing requires the entire nation to bring its resources to bear,” Robredo articulated.

“Let us also remember that temporary shelter communities pose an even more profound challenge given the virality of COVID-19. Any outbreak in these tightly-packed communities will increase the risk for all of us, and affect a public health system that is already under tremendous strain,” she added.

The vice president also touched on the forthcoming celebration of the Muslim holiday, Eid’l Fitr.

“A few days from now, we will celebrate Eid’l Fitr, a Muslim holiday whose message of compassion and inclusiveness should resonate with every Filipino regardless of creed. Three years of inaction and neglect in Marawi is a thousand days too long,” she said.

She also appealed on concerned authorities to fast track their actions to extend help to the people of Marawi.

“We call on all concerned agencies to accelerate their actions while exercising full transparency. Marawi is not merely a tragedy to be remembered; it is an ongoing problem that needs to be solved,” the vice president concluded. — /mbmf

May 25 declared a regular holiday for Eid’l Fitr

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared May 25 a regular holiday in observance of Eid‘l Fitr, the end of the Muslim community’s fasting month of Ramadan.

The declaration was based on the recommendation of the  National Commission of Muslim Filipinos.

Proclamation Number 944, likewise, reminded the public of the quarantine regulations such as wearing of face masks and physical distancing to be observed on the duration of the holiday due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under government order, mass gatherings such as religious events are still restricted in different parts of the Philippines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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