Malacañang declares half-day work suspension for gov't offices on April 17
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Malacañang suspended work for government offices starting 12 pm on Wednesday, April 17.
Memorandum Circular No. 60, declaring the suspension, was released around 10:30 am on Wednesday.
The half-day suspension is to give government employees the "full opportunity to properly observe" the April 18 (Maundy Thursday) and 19 (Good Friday) regular holidays.
Signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by the authority of President Rodrigo Duterte, the suspension is also supposed to give government workers more time to travel to different parts of the country for the holidays.
However, employees in government agencies that handle delivery of basic services, health services, and disaster or emergency response are ordered to continue with their operations.
The Palace memo leaves it to private companies to decide whether or not to also suspend work for their employees.
JUST IN. Malacañang suspends work in government offices starting 12 noon today, except for government offices that handle basic services, disaster/emergency response. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/D3IWjoqhLj— Pia Ranada (@piaranada) April 17, 2019
Meanwhile, work in the courts were also suspended afternoon of Wednesday, as the Supreme Court ordered a half-day work schedule for for “all courts nationwide” on Wednesday.
“Courts located inside local government owned or controlled buildings shall observe a whole-day work suspension on April 17, 2019, should the same be declared by their local government; otherwise, the said courts shall observe a half-day work schedule, as per the SC calendar,” the SC said. – With a report from Lian Buan/ Rappler.com