Palace flip flops, says no work in gov’t offices in Metro

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(UPDATED) Malacanang says local government units may also suspend work depending on their situation

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang changed its mind shortly past 7 am Tuesday and announced the suspension of work in government offices in Metro Manila. But it stressed work is not suspended in agencies involved in disaster risk reduction and management.

“In the light of the severe flooding in some parts of Metro Manila and with the Orange Rainfall Advisory, upon both the recommendation of MMDA and PAGASA, the Executive Secretary has ordered today the suspension of work in the goverment offices in Metro Manila today, August 20 except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a text message shortly past 7 am.

In an earlier advisory past 5 am, the Office of the President said it “will not issue a suspension of work in government offices today, August 20.” It added: “The public is therefore advised that work in national government offices resumes today.”

The Senate and the Supreme Court suspended work Tuesday.

READ: List of offices that announced work suspension

Tropical storm Maring (international codename Trami) intensified Monday night, all while remaining almost stationary some 600 km east of Itbayat, Batanes.

The storm is currently headed north. PAGASA currently estimates that Maring will be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday evening. –

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