Duterte declares January 2 ‘a holiday’

THERE is a good reason to enjoy the New Year in 2019.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered on Monday, Dec. 17, the suspension of government work and classes in state universities and colleges on Jan. 2.

It will be a long weekend for government workers and students, especially since Jan. 1, or the New Year, was declared a regular holiday based on Proclamation 555.

Due to the order, there is no work in government-owned or -controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units, and no classes in state colleges and universities.

“However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” the order said.

For private companies, it will be up to their respective managements if they plan to suspend work or not.

Vacation also came early for public school teachers and students after the Department of Education ordered that Dec. 15 would be the start of the Christmas break for public elementary and high schools. (from HBL of SuperBalita Cebu/JKV)


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