Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte, signed Memorandum Circular No. 60 suspending government work.
"To provide government employees full opportunity to properly observe 18-19 April 2019, regular holidays, and to allow them to travel to and from the different regions in the country, work in government offices on 17 April 2019 is hereby suspended from 12 o'clock in the afternoon onwards,” the circular read.
Medialdea, however, said 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 must continue with their operations and render the necessary services.
Meanwhile, the suspension of work in private companies and offices is left to the sound discretion of their respective employers.
This circular shall take effect immediately.
Earlier, Malacañang bared that concerned government agencies have been placed on a heightened alert status to ensure the safety and security of all.
“Public safety continues to be our top priority. These include additional security deployments in different areas of convergence, such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, vital government and private installations, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
To date, Philippine National Police already deployed 11,600 policemen in Metro Manila and set up more than 4,500 assistance desks across the country.
Panelo also called on the public for cooperation in the conduct of safety checks and security checkpoints, compliance with traffic regulations and continued maintenance of complete situational awareness of their surroundings.