May 13 Election Day: Special Non-working Holiday


 The MalacaƱang Palace on Wednesday has declared Monday, May 13, 2013 (Election Day), a special public (non-working) holiday in the Philippines to enable the people to properly exercise their right of suffrage.  
Edwin Lacierda, Presidential Spokesperson, said “the President has declared Monday, May 13, 2013, a special public (non-working) holiday throughout the country.”

“We enjoin all eligible to use this non-working holiday to participate in the electoral process that forms the bedrock of our democracy,” he added.


The Proclamation No. 571 reads:


Statement: The Presidential Spokesperson on the declaration of May 13 as a special (non-working) holiday, April 24, 2013

Statement of Secretary Edwin Lacierda:
On the declaration of Monday, May 13, 2013 (Election Day) as a special public (non-working) holiday

[Released on April 24, 2013] 

The President has declared Monday, May 13, 2013, a special public (non-working) holiday throughout the country. The Constitution designates national and local polls to be held on the second Monday of May and by virtue of Proclamation No. 571, s. 2013, the President wishes to enable the Filipino people to exercise their right to suffrage. We enjoin all eligible to use this non-working holiday to participate in the electoral process that forms the bedrock of our democracy.



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