Palace suspends government work on December 26 and January 2

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Manila, Philippines – On Thursday, Malacañang palace announced the suspension of most government work nationwide on December 26, 2017 and also on January 2, 2018 to give opportunities to employees observed Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Through Memorandum Circular 37, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has made the announcement.

The memo was dated yesterday, December 13, 2017 and was released the following day.

"Further to Proclamation Nos. 50 and 269 issued by the President declaring 25 December 2017 and 01 January 2018 as Regular Holidays, and in order to give the employees of the government full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones, work in government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, local governments units, and other agencies and instrumentalities, is hereby suspended on 26 December and 02 January 2018," the said memo stated.

The memorandum on the other hand stated that “agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic health services, preparedness or response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.”

The same goes for the Supreme Court Public Information Office which also released an advisory to suspend work for the same holidays, December 26 and January 2.

The suspension of work to allow the officials and employees of the judiciary was approved by Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. This is to give opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared December 25, and December 30 to January 1, 2018 as non-working holidays.             

Source: Philstar

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