SC Chief authorizes release of emergency allowance to workers in the judiciary affected by Typhoon "Ondoy"

September 30, 2009 9:45 am 

MANILA, Sept. 30 — Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Reynato Puno on Wednesday authorized the release of an Emergency Economic Allowance (EEA) to all employees of the Judiciary to help them, especially those directly affected by Typhoon "Ondoy", in their finances.

The EEA will be sourced from the available funds and savings of the Judiciary.

According to SC Spokesman Atty. Jose Midas Marquez, the EEA may reach P7,500 each for all the employees of the Judiciary.

Upon the initiative of Puno, the various offices in the SC have also contributed money to buy relief goods for the court personnel who had been gravely affected by "Ondoy".

The SC offices were assigned to different areas hardest hit by "Ondoy".

The relief items will be distributed beginning Thursday, October 1, to court personnel living in severely hit areas, particularly the cities of Malabon, Pasig and Marikina; and the towns of Cainta, San Mateo, and Antipolo City in Rizal.

Puno visited on Monday the affected areas in Pasig City and Quezon City to personally extend his support and to check on the conditions of the victims.

The Chief Magistrate also tried to visit Marikina which, however, was then still impenetrable due to floods and road obstacles.

"Ondoy" hit the country last Saturday and caused widespread floods in Metro Manila, as well as landslides in other low-lying areas.

Meanwhile, the Executive Judges and Presiding Judges of the courts in these areas were directed to report immediately the conditions of their respective Halls of Justice (HOJ) and to give an update from time to time to Court Administrator Jose Perez.

Earlier, Chief Justice Puno, in a memorandum, directed the Associate Justices and Chiefs of Office and Services of the SC; the Presiding Justices of the Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and the Court of Tax Appeals; and all Executive Judges and Presiding Judges of the lower courts to relax the rules on attendance and to take into consideration and properly record absences and tardiness incurred on account of Typhoon "Ondoy".

The Executive Judges and Presiding Judges were also given the discretion to decide when normal court sessions will resume unless earlier ordered otherwise by the Court Administrator. (PNA)

DCT/PTR

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