#WalangPasok: Class Suspensions in Manila

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada Suspends Classes and Work in Government Offices on January 9, 2019, (Wednesday) in Manila City

Manila, Philippines – Classes in public and private schools, as well as work in city government offices in Manila, is suspended on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered the suspension to give way to the “Traslacion” of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9.

According to the Mayor’s office, those who work in the traffic enforcement, disaster and risk reduction management, health sanitation and in the maintenance of peace and order are exempted from work suspension.

2019 Feast of the Black Nazarene Procession
2019 Feast of the Black Nazarene Procession – Walang Pasok

The suspension of classes and work on Manila Government offices also aims to provide safety and convenience to the students and government employees. During the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene, an average of 1.5 million people are taking part in the Traslacion – one of the World’s biggest religious gatherings.

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#WalangPasok: January 9, 2019 in Manila
#WalangPasok: January 9, 2019, Miyerkules in Manila

according to Mayor Estrada’s Executive Order No. 1, signed on Wednesday, January 3, the class suspension covers “all levels in all universities, colleges, and schools” in the City of Manila.

Classes, work in city government offices suspended in Manila on Nov. 20
Classes, work in city government offices suspended in Manila on Nov. 20

The Mayor also added that the suspension of work in national government offices that are based in the City of Manila as well as private corporate offices “is left to the discretion of their heads.”

Meanwhile, the officials of the Quiapo Church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene had warned the public to prioritize safety during the traditional Black Nazarene procession.

See also: Feast of the Black Nazarene Procession Route 2019, Traffic Advisory and More

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