The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued an unnumbered memorandum announcing the suspension of in-person classes. The suspension for face-to-face classes will be on both October 5 and October 31.
These suspensions align with the national and worldwide celebration of World Teachers’ Day and the day following the 2023 Barangay Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) scheduled for October 30.
As the memo highlights, this decision aims to “give teachers ample time to complete election-related duties” for the 2023 BSKE.
Consequently, there is strong anticipation that not only DepEd but also all higher education institutions will suspend classes on October 31.
The general question is: Is October 31, 2023, a holiday in the Philippines?
Ultimately, October 31, also known as the day after the BSKE 2023, is not a national or special non-working holiday. Instead, students and workers under DepEd will have to suspend their in-person classes. As mentioned, this is to actively participate in the World Teachers’ Day Celebration and the BSKE 2023.
DepEd’s guidance regarding the scheduling of classes around the upcoming BSKE emphasizes the significance of education and the role that teachers play in molding the nation’s future.
DepEd extends a call to action for all stakeholders to rally behind and uplift teachers, fostering collaboration for a more promising tomorrow for the succeeding generation.
Please stay tuned and keep updated regarding the latest information on this matter.
See the full list of October holidays here: LIST: October 2023 Holidays in the Philippines