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Cebuanos likely to enjoy 4-day long weekend if Sept 12 will be declared a holiday

Posted on by: Hearty Marie Rizarri
Sergio Osmeña, Sr
President Sergio Osmeña, Sr.

City of Cebu and the Province of Cebu with its component cities will likely enjoy a four-day long weekend if Sept 12 (Eid’l Adha) will be declared a holiday.

September 9 (Friday) is declared a non-working holiday in honor of the late President Sergio Osmeña, Sr. according to Republic Act No. 6953.

Islam’s holiest festival, Eid’l Adha will be also celebrated in the country sometime this month.

In Saudi Arabia, Eid’l Adha is to be observed on Monday, September 12 Al-Jazeera online news report said.

Eid’l Adha in Arabic means “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Feast of Sacrifice” where Muslims commemorate and remember prophet Abraham’s trials and triumphs. It is an official holiday in Muslim-majority countries including the Philippines.

As mandated through Republic Act (RA) 9849 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2009, that day will be declared as a national holiday. Read http://www.gov.ph/2009/12/11/republic-act-no-9849

However, President Rodrigo Duterte will issue a proclamation designating the final date of the holiday soon upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

NCMF will inform the Office of the President which actual dates the holidays will respectively fall.

If the same calendar is to be followed like in Saudi Arabia, then the holiday will create a three-day weekend since September 12 falls on a Monday.

In Cebu Province, including Cebu City and its component cities will then have a four-day long weekend, since September 9 (Friday) is declared a non-working holiday in honor of the late President Sergio Osmeña, Sr. thru Republic Act No. 6953. Read http://www.gov.ph/1990/05/20/republic-act-no-6953/

September 9, 2016 Friday – Osmeña Day
Special Non-Working Public Holiday (Cebu)
Special Working Public Holiday (rest of the country)

September 12, 2016, Monday (Eid’l Adha) – To be declared
Special Non-Working Holiday (nationwide)

Eid’l Adha is one of the two Muslim holidays observed in the Philippines–Eid’l Fitr was celebrated on July 6.

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