Published: September 25, 2013. Latest update: September 30, 2013.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 655
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2014
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated 24 July 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;
WHEREAS, on 31 January 2014, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese-Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese-Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 31 January 2014 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;
WHEREAS, Saturday, 19 April 2014 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country because the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions and they must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder the significance of Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest;
WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, it is but fitting to declare 24 December (Wednesday) and 26 December 2014 (Friday) as additional special (non-working) days throughout the country;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2014 shall be observed in the country:
A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day - 1 January (Wednesday)
Araw ng Kagitingan - 9 April (Wednesday)
Maundy Thursday - 17 April
Good Friday - 18 April
Labor Day - 1 May (Thursday)
Independence Day - 12 June (Thursday)
National Heroes Day - 25 August (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day - 30 November (Sunday)
Christmas Day - 25 December (Thursday)
Rizal Day - 30 December (Tuesday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year - 31 January (Friday)
Black Saturday - 19 April
Ninoy Aquino Day - 21 August (Thursday)
All Saints Day - 1 November (Saturday)
Additional special (non-working) days - 24 December (Wednesday)
- 26 December (Friday)
Last Day of the Year - 31 December (Wednesday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary - 25 February (Tuesday)
SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which days the holidays shall respectively fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 25th day of September, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Thirteen.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Another successful gathering of PRC Licensed Real Estate Brokers and Practitioners at PAREB Center Pasig last May 10, 2013. As part of PAREB’s goal to constantly educate and update its’ members with the ever changing and growing trends in the Real Estate industry, the seminar series was attended by no less than 20 officers and members from the different PAREB member boards from Manila, Mandaluyong, Cavite, Batangas, Marikina, Bulacan, Pasig, San Juan, etc.
The series began with an invocation by Ms. Shirley Onayan from Cavite and followed by the Philippine National Anthem by Ms. Joanne Rachel Balangat, also from the PAREB Cavite Board. The first speaker was Mr. Leo Hernandez from the PAREB Rizal Board of Realtors who discussed about the recent updates on the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management. Excerpts of the video can be found below.
The second speaker was Mr. Denis Reno Cabrera, Vice President and CEO of Penafrancia Royale Marketing Corporation, who elaborated on Fraud, Laundering and Terrorism. Excerpts of the video can be found below:
The PAREB CPE Series is spearheaded by Broker, Appraisser and Consultant, Ms. Ampy Araullo (PAREB Chairman of Education and Information Committee) with the full blessings of PAREB President Melinda Lit. Closing Remarks was delivered by Ms. Cynthia Sta. Ana, PAREB VP for South Luzon and member of PAREB Quezon Real Estate Board
The PAREB CPE Series is held every second Friday of the month at PAREB Center at PE Antonio Street, Pasig City. It is located at the back of MetroBank C-5 across Shell Tiendesitas. The next part of the series will be held on June 14, 2013. Hope to see you there at 8am!
Mixing Business With Pleasure: Corporate Meetings in Top Holiday Destinations
Here’s a situation that many high-flying businesspeople encounter quite often: deciding where to meet up with international clients for a crucial meeting. Say you happen to be based in London, but your client happens to be all the way in Australia. A video conference session just won’t do to seal that deal, so you definitely have to meet in person. So what are you to do?
The solution: meet halfway somewhere where you both can get down to business while enjoying a holiday of sorts! Listed below are some of the top countries that entrepreneurs and executives can rendezvous with clients for that all-important appointment.
India is a top holiday destination that is also a rising star in the business world. Businesspeople can check into top hotels in cities like Mumbai or New Delhi to discuss matters with their client over delicious Indian fare. Afterwards, a celebratory jaunt to places like Goa sounds like a great way to cap off a business deal gone right.
Considered as a centre for tourism and BPO, the Philippines is indeed a good place to mix business with pleasure. Whether picking up a prospective client in Manila or looking for a temporary office space to rent Cebu, entrepreneurs have plenty of reasons to make it count in this vibrant archipelago. Once the ink has dried on that newly signed contract, the sunny beaches of the country definitely awaits the corporate yuppie looking for some much-deserved R&R.
For a touch of sophistication and professionalism, France is the place to go. Hotels in Paris are some of the best in the world, and they are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities to keep executives and their precious clients abreast with important affairs. Once the formalities have been dealt with, touring the street of Paris or flying off to the French Mediterranean coast is the ideal respite to savour a business victory.
With an emerging business industry and a respectable tourism image, Brazil is certainly a good choice for businessmen who want to convince clients to partner with a lucrative deal. A business-oriented city like Sao Paulo can more than provide for the needs of executives with luxurious accommodations. Once the serious talks have produced fruitful results, corporate workers might find the dynamic vibe of Rio de Janeiro to be a welcome haven for a job well done.
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High Street South Corporate Plaza: The advantages of LEED Certification?
LEED is good for business
Green building is good for the environment. It is good for our health. It is essential for the future.
How LEED certification can help your business.
1. It sets you above in a competitive landscape.
Green buildings are attracting attention from a growing number of buyers and tenants who prefer lower operating costs and healthier indoor environments. When developers chose green for new construction, occupancy increases 6.4 percent and rent 6.1 percent for new construction. For existing buildings undergoing green updates, occupancy increases 2.5 percent and rent increases 1 percent. See the cost benefits of green building, according to building owners, at McGraw Hill Construction (2010). Green Outlook 2011: Green Trends Driving Growth.
Occupants also tend to appreciate the “bragging rights” that accompany a LEED badge of honor.
“With LEED certification, Best Buy gains the advantage of third-party verification. We like that stamp of approval,” says Danielle Tallman, associate development manager at Best Buy. “It sets us apart from other retailers and allows us to promote the very tangible difference that we’re making.”
2. It reduces risk.
LEED certification goes beyond minimum building code requirements. Third-party verification of your building’s ability to protect indoor air quality, for instance, can protect you against health-related lawsuits.
“We now have a large enough, detailed enough body of data to say that the presumption is ‘why wouldn’t you do a green building?’” says Greg Kats, senior director and director for climate change policy at Good Energies. “It’s very cost effective, and it reduces risk in a number of areas including health, exposure to energy and water prices and obsolescence.”
LEED certification can also help protect against financial risk through faster sales and leasing of green buildings compared to similar buildings in the same town. Green buildings are, on the whole, easier to rent and sell.
Savvy tenants are looking for the benefits that green buildings offer.
“We have large tenants, 300,000-square-foot users, who come to us and the first thing they ask is if we are LEED-certified. These blue-chip tenants can use their new LEED office as another bullet point to promote how they are sustainable; it’s a built-in marketing package for them,” says Bentley Forbes, vice president and general manager of Prudential Plaza Chicago.
Today’s Class A office space is green. Lease-up rates for green buildings typically range from average to 20 percent above average.
4. It’s cost effective.
Green building pays. LEED can help it pay even more.
When the property management firm for Adobe decided to seek LEED certification for Adobe’s San Jose headquarters, it did so mainly for recognition and third-party validation of the green building features it had already instituted. It ended up with much more.
“Through our energy conservation and related projects up to that point, we had already realized savings of $647,747 per year with an annual return on investment of 106 percent. We had even had several engineering firms tell us we had pretty much done all that there was to do,” says George Denise, global account manager at Cushman & Wakefield. “As it turned out, LEED is such a rigorous and methodical process, through the process of certifying our buildings we found another $534,398 in annual savings with an even better annual return on investment of 148 percent!
“LEED is more than a standard to benchmark against. It is in a very real sense a blueprint for achieving energy and related conservation savings.”
Per square foot, the cost for buildings seeking LEED certification falls into the same range as buildings not seeking certification. On average, an upfront investment of 2 percent in green building design results in lifecycle savings of 20 percent of the total construction costs — more than 10 times the initial investment.
Additionally, sale prices for energy efficient buildings are as much as 10 percent higher per square foot than conventional buildings.
5. It offers “green magic.”
A 2008 CoStar Group study found that green buildings outperform their non-green peers in key areas such as occupancy, sale price and rental rates. Sometimes, by wide margins.
LEED buildings command rent premiums of $11.33 per square foot higher than conventional buildings and boast 4.1 percent higher occupancy, according to the study. Rental rates in Energy Star buildings represent a $2.40 per square foot premium over comparable non-Energy Star buildings and have 3.6 percent higher occupancy.
“Call it green magic,” writes Adam Aston in Business Week. “According a pair of studies that offer the first broad-scope examination of the economics of green buildings, green buildings really do it all: lower operating costs, boost rental rates, increase sales values and even improve occupancy rates.”