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Philippine holidays for 2013: Proclamation 459

RP holidays 2013

2013 Calendar Holidays Philippines

President Benigno Aquino III has issued Proclamation 459 which lists all national holidays for the year 2013. The proclamation was signed last August 16, 2012. Filipinos will enjoy at least 15 holidays for 2013, regular holidays and special non-working days combined. They are the following:

Regular Holidays

January 1, 2013 – New Year’s Day (Tues)

March 28, 2013 – Maundy Thursday

March 29, 2013 – Good Friday

April 9, 2013 – Araw ng Kagitingan (Fall of Bataan) (Tues)

May 1, 2013 – Labor Day (Wed)

June 12, 2013 – Araw ng Kalayaan (Independence Day) (Wed)

August 26, 2013 – National Heroes Day (Mon)

November 30, 2013 – Bonifacio Day (Sat)

December 25, 2013 – Christmas Day (Wed)

December 30, 2013 – Rizal Day (Mon)

Special non-working days

February 25, 2013 – EDSA People Power Anniversary (for schools only) (Mon)

March 30, 2013 – Black Saturday

August 21, 2013 – Ninoy Aquino Day(Wed)

November 1, 2013 – All Saints’ Day (Fri)

Additional non-working days

November 2, 2013 – All Soul’s Day (Sat)

December 24, 2013 – Christmas Eve (Tue)

December 31, 2013 – New Year’s Eve (Tue)

Two additional holidays will be declared in the second half of the year in connection with the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha. The dates for the said Islamic feasts, which are both national holidays, will be determined by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos based on the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.

The anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power, which is commemorated every February 25, is a holiday for all schools only. Interestingly, the Chinese New Year is no longer listed as a special non-working holiday.


Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Events, News, Issues & Politics


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2013 RP Holidays declared by Malacanang

President Noynoy Aquino issues Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012 declaring the following 2013 Regular and Special Non-working Holidays &
Special Holidays (for schools only).

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Araw ng Kagitingan
January 1 (Tuesday)
March 28
March 29
April 9 (Tuesday)
Labor Day
Independence Day
National Heroes Day
Bonifacio Day
Christmas Day
Rizal Day
May 1 (Wednesday)
June 12 (Wednesday)
August 26 (Last Monday of August)
November 30 (Saturday)
December 25 (Wednesday)
December 30 (Monday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Black Saturday
Ninoy Aquino Day
All Saints Day
Additional special (non-working) days

Last Day of the Year
March 30
August 21 (Wednesday)
November 1 (Friday)
November 2 (Saturday)
December 24 (Tuesday)
December 31 (Tuesday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary February 25 (Monday)

Full Proclamation text here

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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Education, Events, News, Issues & Politics


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Alert vs resurgence of bird flu

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging heightened readiness and surveillance against a possible major resurgence of the H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and beyond, with unpredictable risks to human health. The H5N1 virus has infected 565 people since it first appeared in 2003, killing 331 of them, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures. The latest death occurred earlier this month in Cambodia, which has registered eight cases of humaninfection this year, all of them fatal. The Philippines, along with Brunei, continues to remain free of the bird flu virus.

Since 2003, H5N1 has killed or forced the culling of more than 400 million domestic poultry and caused an estimated $20 billion in economic damage across the globe before it was eliminated from most of the 63 countries infected at its peak in 2006. However, the virus remained endemic in six nations, although the number of outbreaks in domestic poultry and wild bird populations shrank steadily from an annual peak of 4,000 to just 302 in mid-2008. But outbreaks have risen progressively since, with almost 800 cases recorded in 2010-2011. According to the FAO, 2008 marked the beginning of renewed geographic expansion of the H5N1 virus both in poultry and wild birds.

Recently affected areas are Israel and the Palestinian territories, Bulgaria, Romania, Nepal and Mongolia. A further cause for concern, Lubroth said, is the appearance in China and Vietnam of a variant virus apparently able to sidestep the defenses provided by existing vaccines. Most of the northern and central parts of Vietnam, which suspended its springtime poultry vaccination campaign this year, have been invaded by the new virus strain, known as H5N1- The H5N1 is also endemic in these areas.

Vietnam’s veterinary services are on high alert and reportedly considering a novel, targeted vaccination campaign this fall. Virus circulation in Vietnam poses a direct threat to Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia as well as endangers the Korean peninsula and Japan.

Wild bird migration can also spread the virus to other continents. “The general departure from the progressive decline observed in 2004 to 2008 could mean that there will be a flare up of H5N1 this fall and winter, with people unexpectedly finding the virus in their backyard,” Lubroth said.  The countries where H5N1 is still firmly entrenched – Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Vietnam – are likely to face the biggest problems but no country can consider itself safe, he said. “Preparedness and surveillance remain essential,” Lubroth underlined. “This is no time for complacency. No one can let their guard down with H5N1.”

By Marianne Go


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33 Metro Manila Dengue Hotspots


The Department of Health (DOH) has turned on the “emergency mode” for dengue after declaring 33 hot spots for the mosquito-borne disease in Metro Manila.  “This (hot spot status) may progress into outbreaks and we don’t want that to happen. So on Monday, we’ll be starting simultaneous massive cleanup, larvaeciding and fogging operations in these areas,” DOH director for Metro Manila Dr. Ed Janairo said yesterday. Quezon City accounts for most of the 33 hot spot areas, followed by Manila and Caloocan City.

Under the project, the DOH will work with barangay leaders and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority that will be conducting de-clogging operations in the metropolis. “We will focus first on the hot spot areas. We will kill mosquitoes and we will destroy their possible breeding sites to eliminate the larvae at the same time. We want to capture the mosquito cycle,” Janairo said. The DOH had been coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Labor and Employment, and Department of Education to enjoin community leaders, employers and school officials to support the fight against dengue.

“This will be a region-wide campaign. We will be starting at 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. and then from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. When you do dredging, you drive away the mosquitoes. We have to be there when they de-clog the canals to make sure that the mosquitoes won’t fly (everywhere),” Janairo said. The agency is not advocating indiscriminate fogging operations in areas that are not critical for dengue.  “But since we are on emergency mode, fumigation will be done even in areas that are not yet hot spots for dengue. We have to do this to make sure that we curb dengue,” Janairo said. “By mid-September, we expect dengue cases to go down significantly. We hope to repeat this campaign in December so that by next year, dengue caseswill be minimized,” he said.

DOH records show that of the 45,333 dengue cases registered nationwide from Jan. 1 to Aug. 6, 10,487 cases came from Metro Manila. There were 267 deaths and 70 of them came from the National Capital Region. As this developed, President Aquino yesterday allayed public scare on dengue as he cited government efforts to contain the spread of the deadly disease by conducting massive educational campaign and distribution of mosquito trapsnationwide. Aquino said the DOH reported a reduction of dengue cases in the country from more than 60,000 in 2010 to around 40,000 cases this year. Citing DOH data, the President said an increasing number of cases were recorded in some areas but noted a decline in dengue cases from 20 to 25 percent nationwide.

Aquino was in Baguio City to lead the ceremonial lighting of energy-saving devices at Burnham Park. The President said he instructed concerned government agencies to deploy more mosquito traps developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to fight dengue. Each trap costs P10 and each household requires four traps. The trap kills 80 percent of the mosquito larvae and reduces the life of the remaining 20 percent to half. At present, the government was able to distribute 250,000 traps for use of about 60,000 households. The distribution of mosquito traps took some time as the government conducted invitation to bid, crafted rules of bidding and pre-qualification before the actual bidding for the contractors. Aquino said he already asked the chairman of the Commission on Audit to look into the processes involved to speed up the deployment of the traps. Aside from the traps, there is also a vaccine being developed to fight all four dengue strains although it has yet to be approved for actual use, the President said.

With regard to congested hospitals, he said there could be double reporting of cases because patients from other places were being brought to the National Capital Region for treatment. Meanwhile, Science Secretary Mario Montejo said they are studying the possibility of producing “tawa-tawa” tablets to fight the denguevirus. Montejo said the agency is currently conducting a study on whether “tawa-tawa” leaves can be used to increase the blood platelet level of a dengue patient. He expressed hope that in a year’s time, the tablet forms of “tawa-tawa” would already be available.

“The DOST has been able to identify the active ingredient of ‘tawa-tawa’ to help maintain the blood platelet. The next step now is to make it into powder form,” said Montejo.  Victims of dengue fever suffer a low blood platelet level that lessens their capability to fight infection. The DOST has been looking for ways on how to beat the dengue disease caused by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Starting tomorrow, the agency will distribute 81,000 anti-dengue kits to public elementary and high schools in the cities of Quezon, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Manila, Pasig, Pasay and Muntinlupa. The agency will also deliver mosquito traps in the provinces of Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet and some parts of Pangasinan. Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo called on local government executives and barangay officials to conduct cleanup activities in their areas to help prevent the spread of dengue. Robredo enjoined local officials to destroy all potential mosquito-breeding sites.

By Sheila Crisostomo
with Evelyn Macairan & Mike Frialde

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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in News, Issues & Politics


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