No classes, half-day work ordered for QC employees due to PBBM’s 1st SONA

No classes, half-day work ordered for QC employees due to PBBM’s 1st SONA

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — It’s a rest day for private and public school students on Monday, July 25, 2022, in Quezon City as the city government declared over the weekend the suspension of classes in both private and public schools.

Officials explained the suspension is intended to avoid transportation inconveniences to students as President Bongbong Marcos delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex in Barangay Batasan Hills in the city.

At the same time, Mayor Joy Belmonte also ordered a noontime dismissal from work of all government employees save for those engaged in essential services such as law enforcement, traffic management, fire protection, health and rescue, disaster response and management, among others.

Belmonte issued Executive Order 18 on Saturday, July 23 declaring the suspension of classes, explaining that residents and students may be affected by road closures in relation to the scheduled SONA of President Marcos.

“The residents and students of Quezon City may be affected by road closures which will undeniably affect the flow of traffic (for) both motorists and the riding public,” Belmonte stated in her order.

Belmonte sought the assistance of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management (TFTTM), Task Force Disiplina, and other implementing agencies to assist in the implementation of the class suspension.

Pro and Anti-Marcos demonstrators are expected to rush towards Commonwealth Avenue and Batasan areas to express their support and/or opposition to the plans of the present administration which will be tackled during SONA.

The local government unit earlier allowed the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and its allied organizations to hold a protest on Commonwealth Avenue.

This was after Belmonte ordered a dialogue after the city’s DPOS headed by retired General Elmo San Diego denied Thursday Bayan’s application for a permit to hold a rally in Batasan Road. (ai/mtvn)

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte presides over a meeting with key officials on Saturday where they discussed necessary actions for PBBM’s SONA on Monday, July 25, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Atty. Niño Casimiro/ai/mtvn).

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