In preparation for the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, around 91 million eligible Filipino voters are gearing up. This demonstrates the nation’s eagerness to participate in the democratic process. With that, the question arises: Is October 30 a holiday in the Philippines?
Consequently, there is a strong anticipation that President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. will exercise his authority to declare October 30, 2023, as a holiday in light of historical precedents. Throughout the years, Philippine Presidents have consistently recognized the significance of election days by designating them as non-working holidays.
In the previous year, then-President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 1357, designating May 9, 2022, as a special non-working holiday. This move aimed to ensure that the Filipino people could effectively exercise their voting rights.
Duterte also declared May 14, 2018, the date of the last Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, as a special non-working day.
With this, October 30, also known as the Election Day 2023, is ought to be a special non-working holiday across the Philippines. Failing to do so could potentially reduce voter turnout.
Stay tuned and keep updated regarding the latest information on this matter.