Classes, work suspended in Manila for Asean summits

Ruth Abbey Gita

MALACAÑANG has suspended regular work and classes in all levels in Manila next week due to the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) summits, which is being hosted by the Philippines.

Memorandum Circular 18 dated April 21 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, said work in public and private sectors and classes in all levels in Manila will be suspended on April 28.

On April 24 to 30, special non-working days were declared at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Complex in Pasay City.

Malacañang also suspended work in public sector at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex on April 28 to 30.

"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.

"Government agencies involved in the delivery of basic services, including security and safety, health and emergency preparedness, and those directly involved in the conduct of various Asean meetings and related activities, shall remain open and perform their normal functions," it added.

The memorandum said suspension of work in private sector on April 24 to 30 "is left to the discretion of their respective local government units and/or employees based on their assessment."

Government work in cities of Pasay, Makati and Manila is also suspended on April 27.

Suspension of classes in the cities of Pasay, Makati and Manila on April 27 will be "left to the discretion of their respective heads."

The Asean Summits and Related Meetings will be held in select areas in Manila on April 26 to 29.

The suspension of office work and classes was made upon the recommendation of Asean National Organizing Council-Office of the Director General for Operations and the Metro Manila Development Authority. (SunStar Philippines)