Due to typhoon “Lando”, Senate employees were not required to report for work on Monday (Oct. 19), Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said.
Recto said the decision not to require the Senate employees was based on the reports of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) that Metro Manila is still under storm signal No. 1.
”Plus the suspension of government offices in neighboring provinces and regions and the latest weather bulletin that heavy to intense rainfall is expected within the 500-kilometer radius of typhoon Lando, all Senate employees are not required to report for work today,” Recto’s order read.
Last Sunday night, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. suspended work in government offices in the Regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) “due to the effects of typhoon Lando.”
In a text message to the media Monday morning, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the suspension was based on recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
”Government personnel involved in the offices directly involved in delivery of basic and health services, disaster and emergency response as well as other vital services are excluded from the suspension,” Lacierda said, quoting Ochoa’s memorandum.
The Senate regular session is on one-month break but at least two committee hearings were scheduled on Monday.
These are the Senate committee on public services and finance hearing set at 10am on the proposed bills converting and establishing the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in different cities, municipalities and provinces.
The bicameral conference committee on labor, employment and human resources development was also set to hold meeting on the disagreeing provisions of Senate Bill No. 2837 and House Bill No. 5306 or the National Labor Relations Commission.
The Senate regular session will resume on November 7 with the senators, including candidates in the 2016 elections, to work and finish the remaining priority measures particularly the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the proposed Php3.002-trillion national budget for 2016.
Ten incumbent senators have filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) last week for the 2016 national polls.
They are Senators Grace Poe who is running for president, Francis ‘Chiz’Escudero (Poe’s running mate), Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos (vice president), Alan Peter Cayetano (VP), Antonio Trillanes IV (VP), Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan II(VP), and re-electionists Senate President Franklin Drilon, Vicente Sotto III, Serge Osmena and Teofisto Guingona III. PNA