MANILA – Malacañang on Friday announced the suspension of work in government offices starting noon on April 5, Holy Wednesday, to give workers ample time to prepare for the observance of the Holy Week.
The Palace made the announcement through Memorandum Circular 16 signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin.
"To provide government employees full opportunity to properly observe 06-07 April 2023, regular holidays, and to allow them to travel to and from the different regions in the country, work in government offices on 05 April 2023 is hereby suspended from 12:00 o'clock in the afternoon onwards," the memorandum read.
It, however, provided that government agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, disaster preparedness and response, and other vital services, shall continue with their operations.
Meanwhile, the suspension of work in private companies and offices is left to the discretion of their respective employers.
The Palace earlier declared Maundy Thursday, April 6, and Good Friday, April 7, as regular holidays.
April 10, Monday, has also been declared a regular holiday in observance of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor). (PNA)