MANILA, Philippines – Government offices, universities, and public schools shortened work and classes today in observance of National Family Week.

This year’s celebration, which starts today, September 23 and will last until September 29, is the 27th National Family Week since its inception on September 28, 1992.

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60, issued by President Fidel Ramos, the annual celebration aims “to increase awareness on various family issues; enhance effectiveness of national and local efforts to carry out specific programs concerning families by generating new activities and strengthening existing ones; and promote collaboration among national and local non-governmental organizations in support of multi-sectoral activities.”

In line with the celebration, the National Committee on the Filipino Family, through Civil Service Commission Announcement No. 53, urged government agencies to suspend work at 2 p.m. so that employees can spend time with their families.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued Memorandum Circular No. 65 upon the order of President Rodrigo Duterte, suspending work in the executive branch from 3 p.m. onwards.

The Palace clarified, however, that agencies in basic and health services, disaster preparedness and response, and other vital agencies must continue operations.

In other branches of government and independent commissions, suspension was upon the discretion of their respective heads.

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio announced that courts nationwide will only operate until 2 p.m.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued Memorandum Circular No. 126 declaring suspension of work and classes in the Department of Education and public schools starting from 3 p.m.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) leads this year’s celebration with the theme “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.” (HGBH/LMO)

Photo from Department of Social Welfare and Development Facebook page

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