By: Elena Grace Flores
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea indicated that the Duterte administration is expected to declare July 6, as a national holiday in observance of the end of Ramadhan or Eid al-Fitr. Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar also echoed Medialdea comments by saying that we probably would hear the official declaration a day or two before the date stated.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo officially declared Eid al-Fitr a regular holiday by signing Republic Act No. 9177. Eid al-Fitr is the start of a 3-day celebration of Muslims to signify the end of fasting. This was former President Arroyo’s move in showing respect and unity between Christian and Muslims’s co-existence in the country.
R.A 9177 stressed that only the Office of the President can announce the final date for this Muslim national holiday, based on the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos or NCMF’s recommendation. NCMF reported that the Holy Month of Ramadhan ends on July 5, Tuesday – making Wednesday or July 6, the beginning of the 3-day celebration.