By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Wednesday, on authority of the President, Memorandum Circular No. 37 (MC 37), suspending government work on December 26, 2017, and January 2, 2018.
Government workers in Executive Branch will thus have two long weekends to spend with their loved ones on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
President Duterte had earlier signed Proclamation Nos. 50 and 269 declaring December 25, 2017 (Christmas Day) and January 1, 2018 (New Year’s Day) as regular holidays.
“In order to give the employees of the government full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones, work in government offices, including government-owned and -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, local government units, and other agencies and instrumentalities, is hereby suspended on 26 December 2017 and 02 January 2018,” the circular read.
But agencies involved in the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness, or response to disasters and calamities; and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.
Malacañang left the suspension of work in other branches of government and in independent commissions or bodies to the discretion of their heads.
The suspension of work in the private sector is also left to the discretion of their respective management.
This year’s Christmas Day is one of the 10 regular holidays listed in Proclamation No. 50 which President Duterte signed last August, 2016, along with seven non-working days.
January 1, 2018, is one of the 18 regular holidays and special (non-working) days under Proclamation no. 269 which Duterte signed last July 17, 2017.