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The Palace announced around midnight that the order does not include "frontline response agencies" involved in disaster response and in the delivery of vital services.
"The private sector is highly encouraged to suspend work for the safety of their employees," added Malacañang.
Earlier, various local government units also declared class suspensions. These are:
The Senate and the House of Representatives both suspended work as well.
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta also suspended work in all courts in the National Capital Judicial Region.
Meanwhile, there will be no trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange, and no clearing and settlement at the Securities Clearing Corporation of the Philippines. The Bankers Association of the Philippines also said peso-dollar spot trading is closed. – Rappler.com