The government has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017 as a National Day of Protest as the country commemorates the 45th year of the declaration of Martial Law. Effectively, work in the executive branches of the government, local government units (LGUs), as well as classes in all levels of public schools are suspended. This is to allow militant groups to exercise their right to demonstrations of protests, reminding them only to “act within the bounds of law and maintain a peaceful conduct of rallies.”
Suspension of work and classes in private firms, schools, and other businesses are left to the sound discretion of their respective heads.
If you have a scheduled appointment at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there is no need to seek a new appointment as consular offices all over the country will remain open on the said date. Applicants who are entitled to the DFA’s courtesy lanes (senior citizens, pregnant women, PWDs, and OFWs) are likewise encouraged to proceed with their planned visits as DFA personnel will be ready and waiting to attend to their applications and other concerns.
It is business as usual at the DFA. Only take note of the routes that may be clogged with protesters so you don’t waste your time in traffic.
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