In line with the up-coming Baranggay elections, Malacanang has declared October 28, 2013 as Special Non-Working Holiday throughout the country. According to Proclamation No. 656 issued by the Office of the President through Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr., the declaration of holiday was done to give all Filipinos the opportunity to exercise their rights to vote and participate in electing their local baranggay leaders.
Below is the complete declaration from the Office of the President:
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 656
DECLARING MONDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2013, AS A SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
WHEREAS, the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections shall be held on Monday, 28 October 2013;
WHEREAS, it is important to give the people the fullest opportunity to participate in the said elections and exercise their right to vote.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO, III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday, 28 October 2013, as a special (non-working) holiday throughout the country for the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections.
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 25th day of September, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Thirteen.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR.