Holiday? Palace may suspend work, classes in selected areas for November 10-14, 2017 ASEAN Summit

MANILA, Philippines — For the past days, netizens were abuzzed by the alleged memorandum circular, claiming the suspension of classes and work in Metro Manila on November 13-15 for the 31st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit. However, the Malacañang Palace clarified there's no official declaration of non-working holidays yet.

“On ASEAN holiday. No official issuance yet. Will post once provided,” Palace told reporters.

31st ASEAN Summit 2017 Clark, Philippines

On November 10- 14, 2017, the Philippines is set to host the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings at the Clark Field, Pampanga. This will be the second leg of the semi-annual event after the successful chairmanship in April 2017, which was held in Manila.

The chosen venue would be strategic to avoid heavy traffic and other security concerns on the activities directly connected with the Philippine hosting of the summit.

In April this year, the suspension of classes and work (government and private) in some parts of Metro Manila was recommended by the ASEAN 2017 Organizing Council based on the security, traffic management plan and venue of the meetings.

For the November 2017 ASEAN Summit, those awaiting for the memorandum may expect declaration of class and work suspensions for selected areas near Clark Field, Angeles City in Pampanga, northern part of Metro Manila and or areas directly affected by the event.

UPDATE: #WalangPasok: November 13-15, 2017 non-working days in NCR, Pampanga, Bulacan

Same with previous hosting in Manila, we may also expect that suspension of work in the private sector and in places other than those that will be announced will be left to the discretion of their respective local government units and or employers based on assessment of the scheduled activities on November 10-14.

President Trump to visit Manila

As confirmed today, Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella said US President Donald Trump will visit the Philippines this November. Trump's visit underscores the improving PH-US ties and President Duterte is looking forward to welcoming the US President in Manila.

Trump will join other world leaders who will attend the ASEAN / East Asian Summit.

"As host country, we hope to make the event productive and pleasant to our foreign guests. We will let them experience our world-famous Filipino hospitality to make sure they would have good memories of their stay in the Philippines," Palace said in a statement.

In the November 2017 ASEAN Summit having the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” leaders will discuss the political-security, economic, and socio-cultural development of the ASEAN Community.

The Philippines’ year-long and third ASEAN Chairmanship in 2017 coincides with the regional bloc’s 50th founding anniversary.

It will be held together with ASEAN dialogue partners Australia, Canada, China, the European union, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

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