MANILA - Malacañang has suspended work in government offices within the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Complex from November 8 to 15 in view of the country’s hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
In Memorandum Circular No. 32 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, transactions with front line government offices located inside the PICC Complex shall be processed in other business and/or satellite offices from November 8 to 12.
"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," the memorandum reads.
The Philippines is this year’s ASEAN host, with the major summit meetings to be held in Manila and Pampanga.
Over 60,000 personnel from various government agencies were deployed to ensure the smooth flow of events during the week-long summit. Some of them will be tasked to ensure the security of world leaders who will arrive in the Philippines to attend the summit, including US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.