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Malacañang suspends work on gov’t offices starting Holy Wednesday

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Bacolod City Government Center Football Field in Negros Occidental on April 11, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang suspended on Wednesday, April 17 work for government offices starting 12 PM.

Under Memorandum Circular No. 60, the suspension gives 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 suppose to give government workers more time to travel to different parts of the country for the holidays. However, employees in government agencies that handle the delivery of basic services, health services, and disaster or emergency response are ordered to continue with their operations.

Meanwhile, the Palace memo leaves it to private companies to decide whether or not to also suspend work for their employees. Work in the courts was also suspended afternoon of Wednesday, as the Supreme Court ordered a half-day work schedule for “all courts nationwide.”

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