By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo is seeking to amend the celebration of national holidays to allow for long weekends during the year.
Tulfo said his proposal could boost domestic tourism in the country and promote work-life balance for both employees and students.
Tulfo filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 1651 amending Republic Act (RA) No. 9492 which permits certain holidays to be observed on a Monday.
Under SB No. 1651, if the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday.
“Holidays are integral in order to honor and commemorate special events or traditions with cultural or religious significance. The Philippines celebrates 18 national holidays annually, four of which are considered ‘special non-working holidays.’ These aforementioned days may at times fall on a weekend making them feel less celebratory for individuals.”
“Additionally, the increase in the number of long weekends can help reduce stress, prevent burnout, and promote work-life balance for both employees and students by allowing them to decompress and spend time with their family and friends,” the bill’s explanatory note read.