[Malacanang earlier issued Proclamation 1808, declaring November 27 and 28, 2009 as “national holidays”, in observance of Eid’l Adha, one of Islam’s greatest feasts. Many were wondering why it’s a national holiday, when RA 9492 provides that it’s a regional holiday. Proclamation 1808-A was subsequently issued, providing that Eid’l Adha is a regional holiday in ARMM, not a national holiday. The full text is reproduced below.]
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 1808-A
DECLARING 27 AND 28 NOVEMBER 2009 AS REGIONAL HOLIDAYS IN THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO IN CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF EID’L ADHA
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that Eid’l Adha shall be celebrated as a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao;
WHEREAS, the Office on Muslim Affairs has confirmed that the feast of Eid’l Adha falls on 27 and 28 November 2009.
NOW, THEREFORE, I GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, do hereby declare 27 and 28 November 2009 as regional holidays in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in celebration of the feast of Eid’l Adha.
This issuance effectively amends Proclamation No. 1808 (dated 12 April 2009).
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 26th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nine.
(Sgd.) H.E. GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
By the President:
(Sgd.) EDUARDO R. ERMITA