Thousands of government rank- and-file employees in Quezon City and other parts of Metro Manila on Wednesday morning went on a half-day holiday to prepare for Holy Week activities and travel out of town.
On Tuesday, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo approved half-day work for government offices on Wednesday, March 31 to allow state personnel to prepare for Holy Week activities and travel.
She also declared Saturday, April 3, a special non-working day throughout the country through Proclamation 2029
The state employees crowded public utility vehicles (PUVs) to go home early and prepare for “Visita Iglesia”, reading of the Passion of Christ and other activities.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of the long holiday, many people flocked to state-owned and private banks and automated teller machines (ATM) for some last-minute transactions.
Banks have expected the number of transactions to peak Wednesday, which also happens to be a pay day for most private and government employees.
Based on Bank of the Philippine Island’s (BPI) record, the amount of ATM transactions reached P830 million on Holy Monday last year. It peaked at P1.3 billion on Holy Wednesday.