Philippine News Agency – Malacañang has issued a directive ordering the suspension of work in government offices and classes across Metro Manila on July 24, in anticipation of the impact of Typhoon Egay and a scheduled 72-hour transport strike. Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin signed the Memorandum Circular (MC) 25 on Friday, declaring the suspension for Monday, which also coincides with President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address at Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.
The purpose of MC 25 is to prioritize the safety of the public amidst the forecasted inclement weather caused by Typhoon Egay and to mitigate the effects of the planned 72-hour transport strike in Metro Manila. The circular specifically suspends work in government offices and classes in public schools of all levels within the National Capital Region on July 24, 2023.
However, government agencies responsible for delivering basic and health services, disaster preparedness and response, and other vital services will continue their operations and provide necessary assistance during this period.
For private companies and classes in private schools, the suspension of work and classes will be at the discretion of their respective heads.
As of the weather bureau’s 11 a.m. bulletin, Typhoon Egay was last located 750 km east of Virac, Catanduanes, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. The typhoon is expected to intensify into a severe tropical storm within the next 24 hours and may even reach the super typhoon category on Tuesday or Wednesday while over the Philippine Sea east of Extreme Northern Luzon.
In addition to the typhoon, the transport group Manibela has announced a planned three-day transport strike, commencing on Monday. The strike aims to address various concerns faced by public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators, including alleged preferential treatment of corporations or local government units in awarding PUV routes.
It is important to keep updated on further developments and advisories from relevant authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone during these challenging times. (PNA)