Business group sees no problem with long weekends in 2023

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) — A business group does not expect the long weekends next year to significantly impact the operations of companies.

The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) on Friday said businesses still have inventories to do and employees prefer working on holidays for extra pay rather than going on vacation.

"Well, I have talked to some of our members, they told me that it will not have some significant effect on them," FPI chairman Jesus Lim Arranza told CNN Philippines' The Exchange.

"Why? First of all, may mga inventory sila. As a matter of fact, dahil sa mahina pa, they have excess inventory. Number two, they have experienced, the rank-and-file, they don't really avail of this because it is so expensive to travel," he added.

[Translation: Why? First of all, they still have inventories. As a matter of fact, because they are still recovering, they have excess inventory. Number two, they have experienced, the rank-and-file, they don't really avail of this because it is so expensive to travel.]

Malacañang earlier announced the official list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2023. At least 10 holidays and special non-working days fall near weekends.