HOLIDAYS, WALANG PASOK | Special non-working days on Oct. 31, Nov. 1; no classes on Nov. 16-17 for ASEAN hosting

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The ASEAN's 50th anniversary card, from BLOOMBERG TV PHILS. FILE VIDEO GRAB

MANILA – Classes in all levels, in public and private schools, in Metro Manila have been suspended on November 16 and 17 for the country’s hosting of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

But before that, there are two special non-working holidays – Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 – in relation to the nation’s annual observance of “Undas” on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Danilo Lim announced the ASEAN-related class suspensions on his Twitter account Tuesday, October 10, following a meeting with Metro Manila mayors.

Lim said the Metro Manila mayors “unanimously moved for the suspension of classes on November 16-17 for the ASEAN,” as agreed during the 9th Metro Manila Council Meeting (MMC). The MMC is the policy-making body of the agency.

“The suggestion to suspend the classes came from the metro mayors,” Lim said.

The MMDA, meanwhile, also held a successful dry run of the lanes to be designated for convoys of visiting dignitaries and delegates to the upcoming 31st ASEAN Summit. This year is also the 50th founding anniversary of the ASEAN.

Leaders and senior officials from ASEAN member-states and dialogue partners, including the US, are expected to be in the country for the regional event. Meetings of the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asian Summit would be held in Clark, Pampanga from November 10-14.

The following are the holidays in October and November this year based on Proclamation No. 50 issued by Malacañang:

October 31 (Tuesday) – Special non-working holiday (to give time to families to prepare for All Saints Day)
November 1 (Wednesday) – Special non-working holiday, All Saints Day
November 16 (Thursday) and November 17 (Friday) – For the ASEAN Summit
November 30 (Thursday) – Regular holiday, Bonifacio Day