Malacañang suspends gov't work, classes on October 16

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – Classes at all levels in public and private schools nationwide, as well as work in government offices, will be suspended on Monday, October 16, due to the planned transport strike.

Malacañang made the announcement on Sunday, October 15.

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Classes in all levels, both public and private schools, and government work, including those in the local government units and government-owned or -controlled corporations, will be suspended nationwide tomorrow, October 16, 2017, to minimize public inconvenience arising from the planned nationwide transportation strike," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

Suspension of work for the private sector is not covered by the announcement, but is subject to discretion of employers.

Malacañang also said that it is up to Congress, the Supreme Court, and independent bodies and constitutional commissions to make their own declarations.

Malacañang said the announcement is based on Memorandum Circular No. 28, a copy of which was released late Sunday evening.

In a separate statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said its Consular Offices are included in the suspension order.

Applicants with confirmed passport appointments on Monday will be accommodated on any day until October 30 "at their original site without need for a new appointment." They should bring a printout of their confirmed passport appointment along with the requirements.

The DFA added: "Please note that DFA-Aseana (Parañaque City) is open Mondays to Fridays while mall-based DFA Consular Offices are open Mondays to Saturdays. All passport applications processed on Saturdays are charged P1,200.00 as these are provided beyond the regular work schedule."

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Sunday evening that the number coding scheme is also suspended in the entire Metro Manila for both private and public vehicles on Monday.

Some cities in Metro Manila earlier suspended classes due to the transport strike to be held by some groups protesting the government's jeepney modernization program.

The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) and other transport groups are preparing for a two-day transport strike to oppose the plan to phase out jeepneys aged 15 years and older.

A similar transport strike staged last September also prompted several local government units to call off classes. – Rappler.com