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Thursday, July 8, 2010

On Holiday Economics


President Noynoy Aquino frowns on holiday economics. Does this mean that we're saying goodbye to extended weekends?

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed this Republic Act 9492 which is known as “An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays". That's moving of the celebration of holidays to the nearest Mondays to encourage tourism in the Philippines.

A lot of people rejoiced to this. Especially those who doesn't have to work on holidays (that doesn't include call center agents like me and people who works in the malls :D). Students and teachers and government employees like this RA for sure since they have to spend longer weekends with their family and friends.

According to Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, “There is no stand there yet.”

They are yet to review the holiday economics. He said that PNoy is just not happy about June 12 (The Philippine Independence Day) being moved on a different day because for him, it's a sacred day.

Call center agents like me are actually looking forward to holidays since we get to enjoy double pays. No holidays for us unless our rest days fall on a holiday. But if we're asked to render overtimes during our rest days, we would more likely to report to work since we will be able to get higher pay for just a day.

But if we talk about nationalism, it's better that we celebrate holidays on the day that it's supposed to be celebrated. That's my stand. Yeah, I'm a bit nationalistic.

Well, I hope they could come up with a good decision for the betterment of our nation.

What about you? Do you like the holiday economics? Or would you rather celebrate holidays on the exact same days?

1 comment:

Gee said...

I'm for the holiday economics.

For someone who had spent ten hours a day working (thank God I now just stay at home and have holidays everyday), a long weekend is such a reprieve - especially if you have your family in the province that you can only see on weekends.

Every worker looks forward to holidays. Kahit ano pa ang dahilan, kahit ano pa ang okasyon. I know, this doesn't sound nationalistic enough but I think it's a fact of life that when you barely have the time to enjoy life because of too much work and stress, sometimes, being nationalistic goes out of the window.