(Photo from Pope Francis Facebook page)
While President Aquino is still thinking whether or not to declare a national holiday on the much-anticipated visit of Pope Francis , the city of Manila through Mayor Joseph Estrada has already decided that there will be no classes on all levels and no work in government offices from January 15 to 19, 2015 – the time when the beloved Pope is in town.
In the interest of ensuring “public order and convenience,” Estrada signed Executive Order 75 declaring the suspension of classes and government work in the city. He left it to the private sector to decide on the matter of declaring holidays in their respective offices.
Exempted from the order, however, are policemen, traffic personnel and those whose work are in disaster risk management, health and sanitation.
The Pope’s official itinerary in his visit to the Philippines shows that he will spend majority of his time in the city of Manila. The highlights are his courtesy call to Malacanang, masses at Manila Cathedral and Rizal Park, meetings at Mall of Asia Arena and the University of Santo Tomas.
January 17 is the only day he will be away from the city as he will spend it with the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban.