By virtue of Proclamation No. 117, the Palace has declared 26 December 2016 and 2 January 2017 as Special (Non-Working) Holidays throughout the country. In a letter sent by the Acting Executive Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra, the declaration of the holidays aim to “give the people full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and lived ones.” Further, the letter states that “a longer weekend promotes domestic tourism and enables employers to plan their work schedules effectively and efficiently, resulting in improved productivity.”

Copies of the official documents can be downloaded below:
Malacanang Records Office Cover Letter
Official Document from the Acting Executive Secretary