MANILA, Philippines – Classes and work will not be suspended on November 2, All Souls’ Day.
This was confirmed by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during an interview with dzRB on Saturday, October 24.
“Pasensiya na po, hindi po holiday ‘yung November 2 (I’m sorry but November 2 is not a holiday),” Valte said.
However, November 1, a Sunday, and also All Saints’ Day, is a special non-working holiday. (READ: LIST: 2015 Philippine holidays)
According to Valte, preparations are underway as the government expects thousands to flock to cemeteries for the Undas weekend.
“So talagang ‘yung commemoration po natin may dalawang araw po naman tayo para makabisita doon sa mga puntod ng ating mga minamahal and our preparations will be the same,” she said.
(It will be a two-day commemoration to give time for people to visit the graves of their departed loved ones. Our preparations will be the same.)
“It will be ensuring that there will be an orderly flow of people going to our major cemeteries and for those who may be going to the provinces to visit their loved ones.”
Valte added that the Philippine National Police is currently coordinating with various local government units to ensure the safety and security of major cemeteries in Metro Manila, including the Manila North and South Cemeteries.
“Ang main concern naman po natin diyan is ‘yung traffic and ‘yung facilitation of traffic and crowd control (Our main concerns will be about the facilitation of traffic and crowd control),” said Valte.
Holidays on APEC weekend
During the same interview, Valte said Malacañang will soon be releasing traffic and road management preparations for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) high-profile meetings to be hosted by the Philippines from November 16 to 19.
Malacañang already declared November 18 to 19 as special non-working days in the National Capital Region through Proclamation No. 1072.
There will also be no classes in all levels in Metro Manila schools from November 17 to 20.
Some flights in November have been cancelled because of the APEC meetings as well.
“Again, we are asking and appealing for everyone’s understanding and consideration as we lay down the traffic management and the road management for the upcoming hosting,” Valte said, adding that Malacañang will soon be making public service announcements about the APEC meetings. – Rappler.com
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