WORK and classes will not be suspended on November 2, All Souls’ Day, the Palace made clear yesterday.
“Pursuant to Proclamation No. 831 issued on 17 July 2014, declaring the regular holidays, special non-working days and special holidays for 2015, only November 1 was included as a special non-working day,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said.
Filipinos usually flock to cemeteries starting October 31 or the eve of All Saints’ Day on November 1.
For her part, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that preparations are in place for the Undas season, pointing out the police authorities are on top of ensuring peace and order.
“So talagang ‘yung commemoration po natin may dalawang araw po naman tayo para makabisita doon sa mga puntod ng ating mga minamahal and our preparations will be the same. It will be ensuring that there will be an orderly flow of people going to our major cemeteries and for those who may be going to the provinces to visit their loved ones,” Valte said, adding that Novembe 2 is not a holiday.
“But as far as Metro Manila is concerned, ‘yung usual operations po ng PNP, ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan doon sa mga major points; meaning, North Cemetery, South Cemetery, dito po… ‘Yung sa mga sementeryo sa south, doon sa Parañaque… So in tandem with the local government units, nagsisimula na rin po ‘yung preparasyon natin diyan. Ang main concern naman po natin diyan is ‘yung traffic and ‘yung facilitation of traffic and crowd control,”Valte added.