MANILA - (UPDATED) Malacañang announced Sunday the suspension of government work and classes in all levels in public and private schools nationwide on Monday, October 16, due to a transport strike.
Suspension of work in the private sector is not covered by the announcement, but is subject to discretion of employers, Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella said in a statement.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, meanwhile, also suspended work in the judiciary on October 16, the Supreme Court said on Twitter.
Work in the Senate was also suspended on Monday, Senate officer-in-charge Senator Gregorio Honasan said.
The Department of Education also suspended work on Monday but said urgent activities recommended by organizing units will proceed as scheduled.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has also lifted the number coding scheme for public and private vehicles on Monday.
Transport groups are set to hold their third nationwide strike this year on October 16 and 17 to protest the government's jeepney modernization program.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board earlier warned operators joining transport strikes that they may get their franchises suspended. --With Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News