Invoking the need for government officials and employees to full opportunity to celebrate New Year with their families and loved ones, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of work on January 2, 2019.
The Office of the President issued Memorandum Circular No. 54 suspending classes and work on January 2, 2019 in all government offices throughout the country including Government Owned and Controlled Corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, local government units and other agencies and instrumentalities.
However, the same memorandum also singled out “those agencies whose functions involve delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disaster and calamities and or performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.
Suspension of work in the private companies and offices is left to the sound discretion of their respective management.
Meanwhile, Dumaguete City Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda said that the local authorities are serious in implementing the ban on 17 pyrotechnics during the celebrations.
Based on Republic Act 7183 the following pyrotechnics are banned during the holidays: piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, large judas belt, large bawang, pillbox, bosa, goodbye Philippines, bin laden, mother rocket, lolo thunder, coke in can, atomic bomb, pla-pla, giant whistle bomb, kabasi and watusi.
Pineda said that the police will confiscate these banned items. Nevertheless, the law imposes 6 months to 1 year imprisonment and a fine of P 20,000 to P 30, 00, cancellation of permit, confiscation of the illegal pyrotechnics. All police officers in Dumaguete City will all be on duty during the Christmas and New Year events so that any untoward incident that could adversely affect the residents and guests shall occur. Policemen will be assigned in each barangay to accompany the tanods for joint patrol.