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Palace: Gov't work suspended on April 5 from 12 p.m. onwards

Malacañang on Friday announced the suspension of work in all government offices starting noon on April 5 amid the observance of Holy Week.

According to the Presidential Communications Office, the work suspension will begin from 12 p.m. onwards "to give employees ample time to travel to and from different regions in the country."

This is in observance of the regular holidays on April 6 and 7, the PCO said.

Signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, Memorandum Circular No. 16 stated that those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.

It added that the suspension of work in private companies and offices is left to the discretion of employers.

The PCO, meanwhile, clarified that the suspension of work only applies to the Executive department.

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. ensured that the government is ready to assist and cater to the needs of the public this Holy Week.

"We have to make everybody, make sure that everybody’s comfortable... that they can get to where they want as quickly as possible. Sa palagay ko naman nakahanda naman kami," he said in an ambush interview.—AOL/VBL, GMA Integrated News