Employees in the government sector will have a shortened work day on September 27, Monday, as the country celebrates the “Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day.”
According to Memorandum Circular #90 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, work in government offices under the executive branch will be suspended starting 3:30 PM on Monday – or 90 minutes earlier than the usual time-out for most state workers..
In the circular, Medialdea explained that the declaration seeks to “afford government workers and their families time to celebrate, in their respective homes, the Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day.”
In 1992, then-President Fidel Ramos signed Proclamation 60 which declared the last week of September every year as “Family Week.” For his part, then-President Benigno Aquino III signed 326 in 2012 which declared the last Monday of every September as “Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day.” Since then, it has been an annual tradition in government offices to have a shortened work day on that day.
It should be noted that Malacañang’s announcement does not cover employees working in the legislative and judiciary branches of government as well as those working in local government units although it is likely that they will follow suit.