Palace: Gov't workers resume work today
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang announced early Wednesday morning, August 8, that work in national government offices and the public sector resumes today.
In a statement issued shortly after 3:30 a.m., the Palace said that while intense rainfall has been observed around midnight, rainfall is projected to lessen within the day. It also stressed the urgency for government services to be available to accelerate rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts. It also called on the private sector to return to work.
The Supreme Court, however, announced that work remains suspended for all SC employees. Various schools and universities in Metro Manila have also decided to suspend classes Wednesday.
Palace Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said government workers need to return to work "to continue, and accelerate, efforts at rescue, relief, and rehabilitation."
Below is the full statement of Malacañang:
Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the resumption of work today
[August 8, 2012]
On the basis of the best available information at the present time, and the recommendation and the forecast of PAGASA, the Office of the President will not issue a Memorandum Circular suspending work for government or the private sector today, August 8. The public is therefore advised that work in national government offices and the public sector resume today. The declarations of some national agencies, such as the Commission on Audit, suspending work today, and announcements made by local governments concerning the suspension of work and classes in their jurisdictions, however, remain in force.
Occasional intense rainfall has been observed from 8 p.m. last night to 1 a.m. today, but it is projected to lessen within the day. Even as the situation remains of concern for so many citizens affected by the rain and flooding, it is imperative that we begin returning to normalcy as soon as possible. This requires government workers to report to their offices to continue, and accelerate, efforts at rescue, relief, and rehabilitation. The private sector, too, needs to return to work. Goods and service must resume so as to speed up the repair of damaged infrastructure, the circulation of goods and supplies throughout the metropolitan area and other affected regions.
As we emerge from this emergency, let us bear in mind the many thousands of our countrymen who will continue to need our assistance and support. We call on our fellow citizens to continue to demonstrate the empathy, sympathy, cooperation and can-do attitude that have served us so well during this emergency. Continue to remain vigilant, and aware of alerts and advisories from the authorities, concerning the weather. - Rappler.com
Everyone is encouraged to help out. Check this list of evacuation centers and relief operations in Metro Manila for places near you.
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