March 16 & 17 Declared as Holidays in Davao

March 16 & 17, 2017 are officially declared as special non-working holidays in celebration of Araw ng Dabaw and Araw ng Pasasalamat.

About Araw ng Dabaw

  • Araw ng Dabaw is a month-long celebration with various activities held in Davao every March. It’s also the name of Davao City’s Charter Day celebrated on March 16 annually.
  • Republic Act No. 7865 likewise proclaimed March 16 of every year as a special non-working holiday in celebration of the said occasion.
  • In March 16, 1936, Romualdo Quimpo, one of the region’s district representatives during the period, initiated the law which officially chartered Davao as a city. Quimpo filed Bill No. 609 which merged the town of Davao (Mayo) and Guianga District to create today’s Davao City.

About Araw ng Pasasalamat

  • March 17 is the “Araw ng Pasasalamat” and is proclaimed as a special non-working holiday.
  • It’s part of the celebration of the Araw ng Dabaw, serving as the Davaoeños thanksgiving for all the blessings that was received by the city.
  • Proclamation No. 166, which declares the date as a holiday, was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

As mentioned, Araw ng Dabaw lasts for a month; however, only March 16 and 17 are declared as holidays. Employees working during these special holidays can expect an additional 30% in their day’s pay.

This year’s Araw ng Dabaw Festival kicked off on the first day of March with the participation of local talents and highlighted the historical developments in the city over the past 80 years.

For a complete list of Philippine holidays this 2017, click here.