MANILA -- Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Wednesday announced the suspension of work in government offices in the city on January 9, Thursday, amid the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene.
Estrada said the suspension, through Executive Order No. 42, was made upon the recommendation of the police, disaster risk reduction office and traffic personnel to ensure public order, safety and convenience on the feast day.
The suspension, however, does not cover employees involved in the maintenance of peace and order, traffic enforcement, disaster and risk reduction management, and health and sanitation.
Meanwhile, the suspension of work in national government offices and private offices is left to the discretion of their management.
Estrada earlier announced the suspension of classes in all levels in the city through Executive Order No. 41.
Some 12 million devotees are expected to join the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene towards the Basilica Minore in Quiapo tomorrow.
The procession will begin right after the mass presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at 6 a.m.