BLACK SATURDAY DECLARED A HOLIDAY

Manila, April 4, 2003 -- President Arroyo declared Black Saturday, which falls on April 19, as a special non-working holiday to give the public more time to spend with their families and observe the Holy Week.

"Our people must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of the Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest. ...The observance of Holy Week is one of our people's most cherished traditions," Executive Secretary Alberto Romulo, who signed for the President, said.

Employees in the different government agencies, departments, including government owned and controlled corporations, are also advised that they are no longer required to work on Holy Wednesday (April 16).

But heads and executives of departments engage in public service like those in police, security, fire protection, custodial, rescue, emergency, medical and other similar agencies are to observe regular working hours.

Employees of the Bureaus of Internal Revenue, and Customs, the Philippine Postal Corporation and other agencies and government controlled or owned companies that impose deadlines on payments for taxes, fees or fines and/or for compliance with reportorial and other requirements are also to maintain regular working hours.





Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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