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Walang pasok: Palace declares half-day suspension of gov’t work, classes on Holy Wednesday

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Malacañang on Tuesday ordered the half-day suspension of work in all government offices and state-run schools in the country on Holy Wednesday.

This is to give employees ample time to prepare for the Lenten break.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued Memorandum Circular 43 declaring that “work in government offices, including state corporations and local government units, and classes in all public schools are suspended beginning noon Wednesday.”

“However, those government agencies whose functions involve law enforcement, response action to disasters and calamities, and/or performance of other vital services shall make available stand-by services/arrangements to meet any contingencies,” the circular stated.

Malacañang left to the heads of the judiciary legislature, independent offices of the government, and private sector to decide on the suspension.

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio had already ordered the half-day suspension of work for courts nationwide on Wednesday.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada also suspended work at the City Hall on Wednesday.