MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Work in government offices and in courts in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon was suspended on Tuesday, September 12, due to Tropical Depression Maring.
“Upon the recommendation of the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council), the Office of the Executive Secretary has announced that work in government offices in Metro Manila, Region III and Calabarzon is hereby suspended,” said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement early Tuesday morning.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in a separate statement, said the suspension covers its main consular office at Aseana in Pasay City, and its satellite offices and regional offices in the 3 affected regions.
“Applicants with confirmed appointments for today may apply for their passports any day until October 11th without need for a new appointment. These applicants are advised to bring a printout of their confirmed appointment for today along with the other requirements for their passport application,” the DFA said.
The Supreme Court (SC) also announced that work in courts in the 3 regions was suspended for Tuesday. These courts include the SC itself, the Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, and the Court of Tax Appeals all based in Metro Manila; as well as local courts.
The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) said there will also be no trading.
“Please be advised that there will be no trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange and no clearing and settlement at the Securities Clearing Corporation of the Philippines today, September 12, 2017, due to the suspension of clearing and settlement operations in the Philippine banking system,” the PSE said.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a statement that according to its guidelines, clearing operations are suspended if work suspension is announced before 9 am.
Cities and provinces affected by heavy rain and floods due to Maring earlier called off classes.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday morning that it has lifted the number coding scheme, which means all motorists can ply all roads in Metro Manila for the day. – Rappler.com