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State workers get longer holidays

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GOVERNMENT workers will have more time to spend the holidays after Malacañang on Thursday announced the suspension of work nationwide on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea announced the work suspensions through Memorandum Circular 37 dated Dec. 13, which was released only on Thursday. 

“Work in government offices, 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 26 December 2017 and 02 January 2018,” the circular says. 

The Supreme Court also announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 2 next year following Malacañang’s announcement. 

The Palace said it announced the work suspensions “to give employees of the government full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones.”

Malacañang earlier issued Proclamation 50 and 269 declaring Dec. 25, 2017 (Christmas Day) and Jan. 1, 2018 (New Year’s Day) as regular holidays.

But the “agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic health services, preparedness or response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.”

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