- December 24 and 25 are already declared as a special non-working holiday and a regular holiday, respectively, by Malacañang in a previous announcement
- The Supreme Court has announced that they are suspending work for several of their offices on December 23
- The offices that will still need to operate will then have a a skeletal force implemented
Manila, Philippines – Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day as well, is just around the corner, and almost everyone is getting ready to celebrate this yearly occasion. Some might just have a simple celebration, while there are some that would get ready weeks or even months in advance. Celebrating is good and all, having the dates declared to be a non-working holiday is to be expected.
Malacañang has already made an announcement before that December 24 and December 25 are declared as a special non-working holiday and a regular holiday, respectively. What this means is any office work for those days are to be suspended, and if anyone needs to work on those days, they are to be compensated with an additional 30% on top of their daily pay for a special non-working holiday, and an additional 100% for working on a regular holiday.
December 24 and 25 falls on a Tuesday and Wednesday, so it seems awkward that Monday, December 23, may still have office for most, and this may be what is in the mind for those in the Supreme Court.
Through Memorandum Order No. 90-2019, issued by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, it is now set that courts work will be suspended on Monday, December 23, while a skeletal force will be implemented in offices that still need a staff.
The following offices are affected by this memorandum:
- Supreme Court
- Office of the Clerk of Court, EN Banc
- Office of the Division Clerk of Court, First Division
- Office of the Division Clerk of Court, Second Division
- Office of the Division Clerk of Court, Third Division
- Judicial Record Office
- Fiscal Management and Budget Division
- Office of the Administrative Services, SC
- Office of the Administrative Services, OCA
- Court of Appeals
- Court of Tax Appeals
- All first and second level courts
Any employees and officials that will need to work on December 23 will be given one compensatory day-off.