Exchange rate indicators The following figures are included as a guide to the movements of the Philippine Peso against Sterling and the US Dollar: DateMay'00Aug '00Nov '00Feb '01£1.00=61.8667.2274.0570.09$1.00=41.6844.8051.1548.00
Currency restrictions: The import and export of local currency is limited to P5,000. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited.
Banking hours: 0900-1500/1600 Monday to Friday.
5 DUTY FREE
The following items may be imported into the Philippines without incurring customs duty: 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 2 litres of alcoholic beverage; clothing, jewellery and perfume for personal use up to a total value of US$1000.
Prohibited Items: Firearms, explosives, pornographic material, seditious or subversive material, narcotics and other internationally prohibited drugs (unless accompanied by a medical prescription).
6 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Jan 1 2001 New Year's Day. Apr 9 Bataan Day. Apr 12 Maundy Thursday. Apr 13 Good Friday. May 1 Labour Day. Jun 12 Independence Day. Aug 26 National Heroes' Day. Nov 1 All Saints' Day. Nov 30 Bonifacio Day. Dec 25 Christmas Day. Dec 30 Rizal Day. Dec 31 Special Public Holiday. Jan 1 2002 New Year's Day. Apr 9 Bataan Day. Mar 28 Maundy Thursday. Mar 29 Good Friday. May 1 Labour Day. Jun 12 Independence Day. Aug 25 National Heroes' Day. Nov 1 All Saints' Day. Nov 30 Bonifacio Day. Dec 25 Christmas Day. Dec 30 Rizal Day. Dec 31 Special Public Holiday.
Note: Easter is a major holiday in the Philippines and travel may be disrupted.
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