No classes in Manila – January 9 2014

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has declared the suspension of classes for all levels in the city on January 9, Thursday.

In an executive order he signed last January 3, Estrada noted that millions of Filipinos from throughout the country are expected to flock to Manila for the annual feast of the Black Nazarene.

Estrada noted that such a declaration has been recommended for the sake of public order and safety. His office uploaded a copy of the proclamation through his Facebook page.

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A glimpse of the crowd during the 2013 Feast of the Black Nazarene (Photo by Demetrio Ragua)

As recently as 2012, the city government of Manila largely left it to the discretion of tertiary institutions to suspend classes, a set-up  that can be confusing. On another note, there is no mention of any work cancellation for offices based in Manila.




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