(UPDATED, OCTOBER 23)
President Rodrigo Duterte has released Proclamation 332 declaring November 13, 14, and 15 as special non-working days in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga. This is in connection to the country’s hosting of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
It can be recalled that two weeks ago, Metro Manila mayors have decided to suspend classes in all levels in Metro Manila for November 16 and 17 because of the same reason.
It is worth pointing out three things here:
1) It isn’t surprising that November 13 to 15, 2017 was declared as special non-working holidays in Metro Manila. This is because contrary to the government’s original plan, the main events of the 31st ASEAN Summit will now be held in the National Capital Region rather than the Clark Freeport Zone.
2) It can be recalled that similar declarations of special non-working days have been issued in 2015, when Pope Francis visited the country and when we hosted the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC Summit.
3) However, such declarations of special non-working days needs to come from President Duterte himself or Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea for it to become official.