MalacaÑang has suspended work in government offices in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) on November 17 and 20 because of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, which will be held in the country.
Under Memorandum Circular 84, issued by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., “work in government offices, including government-owned and -controlled corporations, is hereby suspended on 17 and 20 November 2015 in the National Capital Region (NCR), in view of the activities related to the Philippine hosting of the APEC Summit.”
“However, government agencies that are directly involved in basic services, such as, security and safety, health and emergency preparedness, and the conduct of various APEC meetings and related activities, shall continue their operations to ensure the success of the event,” the memo read.
Meanwhile, the suspension of work in affected local government units and the private sector will be voluntary.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier declared November 18 and 19, Wednesday and Thursday, as non-working holidays.
The Commission on Higher Education has also declared school holidays in NCR on November 17 and 20.
Some 21 leaders are expected to attend the APEC meeting to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.