MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang announced yesterday that there would be no work next Monday, April 6, to commemorate Araw ng Kagitingan in advance.
Araw ng Kagitingan is traditionally celebrated on April 9 but due to the new law rationalizing holidays the President can move the date to the nearest Monday.
This means that employees would still have to go to work on Tuesday and Wednesday before going on holiday on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which are regular holidays. Black Saturday and Easter Sunday could be added to the long weekend.
Meanwhile, President Arroyo is expected to go on another trip abroad during the Holy Week, this time to Thailand and Dubai.
Arrangements are underway for the President to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations+3 and +6 Summits in Pattaya, Thailand on April 10.
The ASEAN Summit was supposed to be held in Phuket, Thailand but the Thai government decided to move this to Pattaya because of accommodation issues.
Mrs. Arroyo would be leaving for Pattaya from Clark, Pampanga and would immediately participate in the informal working dinner of the ASEAN leaders.
The next day, the President will attend the meetings of the ASEAN+3 (Japan, China, South Korea) and ASEAN+6 (Japan, China, South Korea, India, New Zealand, Australia). An East Asia summit and meetings between the ASEAN and the United Nations will be held on April 12.
From Pattaya, the President is expected to fly to Dubai on April 13 to attend the employment conference there.
The President would stay there for two days during which she would have a series of business calls from the local business community.
She would also be attending an event hosted by the Filipino community in Dubai.
Mrs. Arroyo is expected to be back in Manila on April 14. By Marvin Sy