November 25, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Work suspension on April 27, 28 for ASEAN meetings

WORK in government offices in the cities of Manila, Makati, and Pasay will be suspended on April 27 while all work in public and private offices will be suspended the next day to make way for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings next week.

Malacañang made this announcement in Memorandum Circular no. 18, issued by the Office of the President and signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea on Friday.

The recommendation, according to the memorandum, came from the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council.

“Memorandum Circular no. 18 declares work suspension on April 27 in all government offices in Manila, Makati and Pasay and work suspension on April 28 in both government and private offices in Metro Manila in view of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings,” the Malacañang said in a statement. “Suspension of work on April 29 is left to the discretion of the affected LGUs and employers.”

The statement originally called the “work suspensions” as “non-working” holidays, but was later corrected by Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Queenie D. Rodulfo.

“As clarified by the Office of the Executive Secretary, [it is a] work suspension only per Memorandum Circular 18,” she said in a subsequent statement. -- Lucia Edna P. de Guzman