The House Committee on Revision of Laws has approved for plenary discussions a consolidated bill declaring Chinese New Year as a special non-working holiday when Congress resumes session on January 17.
House Bill Nos. 1072, 611 and 2715 seek to recognize the contributions of the Chinese in Philippine society and to pay homage to their rich cultural traditions.
The principal authors of the bill are Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Abante Mindanao Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr., and Northern Samar Rep. Emil Ong.
According to Angara, author of House Bill 611, Filipinos’ long association with the Chinese people has resulted in cultural enrichment. By declaring the Chinese New Year as a nonworking special holiday, mutually beneficial relations would be further enhanced.
Northern Samar Representative Emil Ong, author of House Bill 2715, said in view of the close Filipino-Chinese relations, it is but proper to declare Chinese New Year as a regular holiday.
As a nation where more than 25% percent of the population has the Chinese bloodline, the passage of the measure is the most convenient way to thank the Chinese for their contribution to our history, Ong said.
Chinese New Year, the most important day for Chinese falls on February 3, 2011 and according to Chinese Zodiac, it is the Year of the White Metal Rabbit.