Classes, gov’t work suspended in Metro Manila, Bulacan on August 25 for FIBA World Cup opening

MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. suspended classes in public schools at all levels and work in the government in Metro Manila and in the Province of Bulacan on August 25, 2023 (Friday) to give way for the opening ceremonies of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Philippine Arena

The Memorandum Circular No. 27 signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on August 15 stated that the suspension of government work and classes in public schools on August 25 is also part of the government’s commitment towards wider involvement and participation in sports promotion and development.

The President also emphasized the suspension of government work and classes in public schools is the government’s effort to provide full support and assistance to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in ensuring the safe, orderly, and successful opening ceremonies of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

The President however clarified that government agencies involved in 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 President said that the suspension of work for private companies and classes in private schools is left to the discretion of their respective heads.

Meanwhile, there will be two upcoming long weekends this month due to Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 (Monday) and National Heroes Day on August 28.

READ: UPDATED LIST: Holidays in the Philippines 2023

About FIBA World Cup 2023

Early this year, Marcos assured the association of continuous government support.

Given the popularity of basketball in the Philippines, the President predicted that it would be a success.

Founded in 1932, FIBA is an association of national organizations that governs competition in basketball with a main office in Mies, Switzerland. It has regional offices in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

On September 12, 2022, FIBA announced that the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia would host the FBWC 2023, the first time multiple Asian nations were selected to host the event.

This is the Philippines’ second hosting of the FBWC since 1978.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is FBWC 2023’s local organizing committee.

— The Summit Express

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