MANILA - The Senate has suspended work in the chamber on January 9 to spare its employees from braving the expected road congestion brought by the hours-long Traslacion, the Philippines' largest annual religious procession.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III and other officials have approved the suspension "in anticipation of the traffic congestion and difficulty in commuting to and from the Senate," the chamber said in a statement posted on Twitter, Tuesday.
"Meetings, committee hearings, and other activities may proceed subject to the direction of the Chairman, senator, or office concerned," it said.
Senate employees who will come to work on January 9 may not seek for "additional compensation," it said.
The Supreme Court, which is located in the capital city, earlier suspended work for its personnel.
The City of Manila has also called off classes in schools and government offices in the capital city.