MANILA—Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno announced on Friday the suspension of work of court employees in the National Capital Region (NCR) on April 28 in view of the Philippine hosting of the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings.
In Memorandum Circular No. 18 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, work is suspended in both government and private offices on April 28 in the whole of Metro Manila.
Pursuant to the referenced Memorandum Circular No. 18, the Chief Justice has suspended work for courts in cities of Pasay, Makati, and Manila on April 27, while all courts in Metro Manila will be suspended on April 28.
Classes in both private and public schools in the National Capital Region are also suspended on the said date.
The suspensions were declared ahead of the ASEAN leaders’ meeting set on April 29 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
Meanwhile, work in government offices in the cities of Manila, Pasay and Makati is suspended on April 27.
Class suspensions on April 27 in the three cities are however left to the discretion of respective schools.
The MC 18 likewise ordered the suspension of work in government in Pasay City and in all offices located at the PICC from April 24 to 30.
Furthermore, the Memorandum Circular states that suspension of work in the private sector in places other than the above-mentioned cities is left to the discretion of their respective local government units and/or employers based on their assessment of the scheduled activities from April 24-30 as well as on the security and traffic management plan which shall be implemented on the said dates.
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.