MANILA, Philippines – Classes in some schools and work in government offices will be dismissed early on Monday, Sept. 23, in celebration of the 27th National Family Week.
This is pursuant to the announcement No. 53 s.2019 of the Civil Service Commission which encourages government agencies and state-run universities and colleges to shorten work and class hours until 2 p.m. so they can spend mealtime with their families.
This is in line with the National Family Week being celebrated every last week of September.
The event on Sept. 23 to 28, with the theme, “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag at panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino,” will be led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“The celebration aims to strengthen the Filipino family unity and relationship through meaningful celebration and promotion of Filipino values,” the announcement read.
In view of the celebration, the CSC urged all government agencies and SUCs to support the following activities:
- Simultaneous ringing of bells at 12 pm, dubbed as “Ring a Family Bell,” as a symbol of nationwide awareness and commitment to commemorate the solidarity and unity of the Filipino family; and,
- Simultaneous ringing of bells at 8 am in State Universities and Colleges as a sign of support to the Filipino Family
Malacañang earlier announced that work in government offices in the Executive branch will be suspended on Monday beginning 3 p.m. onwards.
The order was stated in Memorandum Circular No. 65, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
“However, 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,” the circular read.
“The suspension of work in other branches of government and in independent commissions or bodies is left to the sound discretion of their respective heads/management,” it added.
The Department of Education (DepEd) also announced that work and classes in all DepEd offices and public schools will be suspended effective 3 p.m.
On Sunday, the Supreme Court announced that office work in courts nationwide will only be until 2 p.m. on Monday.
Other areas that have announced to dismiss work and classes early are the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Navotas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasay, San Juan, Quezon, Taguig and Pasig.