Palace exec: No half-day declaration for govt workers
Government workers hoping to get a half-day off on Holy Wednesday so they can go to their home provinces may have to wait until Wednesday evening or Thursday morning for their trip.
PNoy checks ports, bus terminals for Holy Week exodus. Pres. Aquino chats with province-bound passengers at the Araneta Center bus terminal, one of his stops in his whole-day inspection of terminals on Monday. Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau
Malacañang on Wednesday said there is no declaration of a half-day off from the Office of the President for government workers.
"To those asking, there is no half-day declaration from the Office of the President," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on her Twitter account.
President Benigno Aquino III had declared Maundy Thursday and Good Friday as holidays, and Black Saturday as a special nonworking holiday.
The yearly Holy Week exodus had started to peak Wednesday, with Filipinos crowding bus terminals, airports and seaports to get a ride to their home provinces.
Transportation authorities have put in place safety measures and are conducting security checks to ensure the safety of travelers. — KBK, GMA News