The Office of the President has denied the request of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella to have October 21 as a special non-working holiday in the City of Bacolod, a press release from City Hall said.
In his letter dated August 29, Puentevella, appealed to have Monday, or the last day of the celebration of the 75 th Charter Day Anniversary of the City, declared holiday but this was turned down for the reason that the Office wants to “keep holidays to the minimum”.
The letter from Malacañang further said that October 21 “may fittingly be observed in ways other than declaring it a local holiday,” the release said.
Puentevella had previously expressed his intention to have an official “City day-off” to let the people rest following the 20-day celebration of the MassKara Festival and the commemoration of Bacolod's Diamond Anniversary as a Chartered City, it said.
He said this will also be the time to clean the city streets of post-MassKara debris, paraphernalia and other materials.*