#WalangPasok: Palace suspends classes, government work on October 16, 2017


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MANILA, Philippines - Classes at all levels, both public and private, and government work, nationwide, will be suspended for tomorrow, October 16, 2017, Malacañang Palace officially declared Sunday.

Palace suspends classes, government work on October 16, 2017

The suspension of classes and work was due to the scheduled transport strike on October 16-17 against the government's plan to phaseout old jeepney units. However, the Office of the Executive Secretary said the announcement does not include suspension on Tuesday.

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As clarified, the private sector will not be covered (but subject to discretion of employers).

As to suspension of government work, Palace added it will issue the usual memorandum circular.

Last week, several areas including Makati City, Davao City, San Mateo (Rizal), San Fernando (Pampanga) and schools such as The National Teachers College and UST Legazpi already announced the cancellation of classes.

In the past months, jeepney operators had protested against the modernization program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in which public utility vehicles (PUVs) that are more than 15 years old will be banned from the road, and will be replaced by vehicles with "low-carbon and low-emission technology."

Stop and Go Transport Coalition President Jun Magno said that drivers and operators could not shoulder the P1.6-million loan for new jeepney units and daily amortization of P800.

The group proposed for the rehabilitation of old jeepneys instead of acquiring new units.

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