Manila declares five-day rest during Pope’s visit

Students of Manila and government employees will benefit from a five-day rest on January 15-19, 2015 in connection to Pope Francis’ visit in the Philippines.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada signed the Executive Order 75 mandating a five-day holiday on January 2015.

“Millions of people from all over the country expected to come to Manila during the Papal visit,” Estrada said.

Moreover, Estrada announced that the holiday covers all works from Manila government offices except the departments of peace and order, disaster and risk management, traffic enforcement, health and sanitation in order to maintain peace and security for the Papal visit. In addition, the holiday also covers all levels in private and public schools and universities.

Pope Francis will stay at the residence of the Papal Nuncio, Taft Avenue.

He will conduct a mass at Manila Cathedral on January 16. Also, he is expected to lead another mass at the University of Santo Tomas including Rizal Park on January 18. The Pope will also visit the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.

“Pope Francis will be here not only as the leader of the Roman Catholic faith, but as you know, he is also the head of the state of the Vatican, and as such, His Holiness will be extended all the courtesies provided to visiting heads of state,” Executive secretary Ochoa stated.