MANILA- (UPDATE) Malacañang has suspended work in government offices and government-controlled institutions on December 26 and January 2 so Filipinos can enjoy a longer holiday celebration.
In a memorandum issued Thursday, the Palace said it was suspending work in days after earlier declared holidays December 25 and January 1.
"Further to Proclamation Nos. 50 and 269 issued by the President declaring 25 December 2017 and 01 January 2018 as Regular Holidays, and in order to give the employees of the government full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones, work in government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, local governments units, and other agencies and instrumentalities, is hereby suspended on 26 December and 02 January 2018," the memorandum stated.
The memorandum, however, emphasized that agencies involved in 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 Supreme Court has also suspended work in all courts nationwide on December 26 and January 2.
Malacañang has left the suspension of work in other branches of government and private companies on the said dates to the discretion of their respective managements.