By Roy Mabasa
Malacañang on Monday issued Memorandum Order No. 54 suspending work in various government offices and institutions throughout the country on January 2, 2019, except those in the delivery of frontline services such as health and calamities.
“Further to Proclamation No 555 (s 2018) issued by the President declaring 01 January 2019 (New Year’s Day) as a regular holiday, and in order to give the employees of the government full opportunity to celebrate such holiday with their families and loved ones, work in government offices throughout the country, including government-owned and -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, local government units, and other agencies and instrumentalities, is hereby suspended on 02 January 2019,” the Palace said in the memorandum.
However, those agencies whose functions involved the delivery of basic/health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services will continue with their respective operations and render the necessary services.
It added in the memorandum that suspension of work on January 2, 2019, in other branches of government and independent commissions or bodies, as well as in private companies and offices, is left to the sound discretion of their respective heads/management.