November 1 and 2 have been declared as special non-working holidays for this year; however, these fall on Saturday and Sunday, which are regular rest days. Now, many are hoping that October 31, Friday, will be declared a holiday. Malacanang’s Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that October 31 is not a holiday.
He added that the said date was not included among regular holidays and special non-working holidays for 2014.
However, Coloma made it clear that for private sectors, it is up to the heads to decide whether to allow their employees to work half-day.
Many will be disappointed by this announcement, especially those who intend to go home to the provinces.