NOVEMBER 20, Tuesday, will be a holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and several provinces and cities for the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammad, or the Maulid un-Nabi. Based on Article 170 of Presidential Decree 1083, the other areas covered are: the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur; and the cities of Cotabato, Iligan, Pagadian, and Zamboanga. The law also provides that all Muslim government officials and employees in places other than those specified under Article 170 are excused from work on that day.
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Meanwhile, it will be a long weekend in the ARMM with the 19th also declared a holiday for the region’s 29th founding anniversary. The regional government, in a statement, said it is assuming that this would be the last ARMM anniversary celebration with the expected approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in the Jan. 2019 plebiscite. Under the BOL, a new Bangsamoro territory and government will replace the ARMM.