Updated Dec 17, 2018, 7:10:08 PM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) — Malacañang has ordered the suspension of government work on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 to give employees the "full opportunity" to celebrate the holidays.
The Palace on Monday released Memorandum Circular No. 54, suspending nationwide work in government offices-- including government-owned and government-controlled corporations, government official institutions, state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local government units, among others.
"However, those agencies whose functions involve 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," read the document, which was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
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Meanwhile, work suspension in independent agencies as well as private companies for January 2 will be "left to the sound discretion" of their respective management, the document added.