May 13, 2013 holiday declared: Election day a special non-working day

May 13, 2013 is a holiday in the Philippines. MalacaƱang has declared it a special non-working holiday to encourage more people to vote in the midterm elections.

“The President has declared Monday, May 13, 2013, a special public (non-working) holiday throughout the country,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a statement announced Wednesday, April 24.

“The Constitution designates national and local polls to be held on the second Monday of May and by virtue of Proclamation No. 571, s. 2013, the President wishes to enable the Filipino people to exercise their right to suffrage,” he added. “We enjoin all eligible to use this non-working holiday to participate in the electoral process that forms the bedrock of our democracy.”

The May 13, 2013 holiday makes a long weekend considering that the preceding days are Saturday and Sunday.