President Aquino decided not to declare Feb. 3 a holiday despite suggestions from the Chinese community that their celebration be included among the national holidays.
“This proposal, though we want to adopt it, unfortunately came after the issuance of the executive order on holidays. The consensus is all businesses have already adjusted to it, plus the daily wage earners under the no-work no-pay scheme will be adversely affected,” Aquino said.
But Aquino did not totally drop the idea of making Chinese New Year a holiday.
“We hope to include this next year,” he said.
Aquino had earlier ordered Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to look into the possibility of declaring the Chinese New Year a holiday.
By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) Updated January 20, 2011