Classes, work sus­pended for Asean sum­mit

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By ALEXIS ROMERO – With Eve­lyn Ma­cairan

Mala­cañang has de­clared work sus­pen­sions next week in line with the Philip­pines’ host­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) sum­mit.

Classes at all lev­els and work in the govern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor are sus­pended on April 28, ac­cord­ing to Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar 18 is­sued yes­ter­day by Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea.

Work in govern­ment of­fices at the Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (PICC) com­plex in Pasay City is sus­pended from April 24 to 30. The mem­o­ran­dum also sus­pended work in govern­ment of­fices at the Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines (CCP) com­plex from April 28 to 30.

Work in govern­ment of­fices in Pasay, Makati and Manila are sus­pended on April 27.

Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno also sus­pended work in courts in the cities of Pasay, Makati and Manila on April 27 through MC 18. All courts in the National Cap­i­tal ju­di­cial re­gion will be closed on 28.

“To en­sure un­in­ter­rupted de­liv­ery of public ser­vice, trans­ac­tions with front line govern­ment of­fices lo­cated inside the PICC and CCP com­plex may be pro­cessed in other busi­ness and/or satel­lite of­fices of said agen­cies,” the mem­o­ran­dum read.

State agen­cies in­volved in the de­liv­ery of ba­sic ser­vices, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity and safety, health and emer­gency pre­pared­ness and those di­rectly in­volved in var­i­ous ASEAN meet­ings and re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties will re­main open and will per­form their nor­mal func­tions.

Mala­cañang left it to the lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Pasay, Makati and Manila to de­cide whether to sus­pend classes on April 27.

Sus­pen­sion of work on April 29 is also left to the dis­cre­tion of the af­fected lo­cal gov­ern­ments and em­ploy­ers.

The sus­pen­sion was made upon the rec­om­men­da­tion of the ASEAN 2017 National Or­ga­niz­ing Coun­cil – Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral for Op­er­a­tions and the Metro Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

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