No classes in Quezon City during Sona, work from home arrangement encouraged

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (AP)

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

July 24, 2022

THE local government of Quezon City (QC) suspended classes at all levels in public and private schools within their jurisdiction on Monday, July 25, 2022, to make way for the first State of the Nation (Sona) address of the President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., to be held at the Batasang Pambansa.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said it was to spare students the expected traffic jams caused by road closures related to the event.

Belmonte also encouraged employers to adopt work-from-home arrangements during said day “to reduce mobility requirements and congestion”.

The Government of Quebec has previously granted permission to carry out protest actions along Commonwealth Avenue before Marcos’ Sona on the condition that participants adhere to minimum health protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) .

Progressive groups were allowed to lead their march and rally from Elliptical Road to the corner of Tandang Sora.

Marcos supporters were also allowed to occupy the Provisional Batasang Pambansa Road (IBP) near Sinagtala Street, Barangay Batasan Hills.

Authorities said everything was ready for Marcos’ first Sona.

Employees, attendees as well as police officers underwent Covid-19 swab tests prior to the event.

The Batasang Pambansa was placed in confinement from Friday July 22, in preparation for the event.

Sergeant-at-Arms Rodelio Jocson maintained that only those on the guest list will be allowed into the House of Representatives complex on Monday.

For its part, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has activated Task Force Manila Shield as part of security measures for Sona.

Part of the security measures was the conduct of checkpoints in various strategic areas of the metro, as well as the deployment of troops including police, soldiers and other force multipliers.

More than 22,000 security personnel will be deployed in the National Capital Region, with a concentration around Batasang Pambansa.

The PNP also imposed a ban on guns on the subway until July 27. (SunStar Philippines)

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