MANILA – The Supreme Court has approved the advance release of salaries the granting of calamity leave for judges and court personnel in areas hit by typhoon "Yolanda."
The advance release of the November 30 payout covers judges and court personnel in Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Palawan, Bohol, and Zamboanga, Antique, Masbate, Biliran, Southern Leyte, and Court of Appeals-Cebu.
The two-week calamity leave, which runs from November 11 to 25, covers judges and court personnel in Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Palawan, Antique, Masbate, Biliran, Southern Leyte, and the Court of Appeals-Cebu.
The SC, meanwhile, said it is going to deploy its own emergency response team (ERT) on November 18 to areas affected by super typhoon.
It said the ERT is composed of volunteers from the various offices of the SC, all of whom have been trained to respond in emergency and disaster situations.
The Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) buses will ferry the ERT and supplies to the afflicted areas, the SC said.
Aside from providing medical and relief assistance, the ERT will also work on locating distressed court personnel in the Visayas.
SC Court Administrator Midas Marquez was earlier tasked to determine the condition of the court personnel in the affected areas.
Chief Justice Sereno also required the executive judges and judges in single sala courts in all affected areas to submit their respective status reports of the conditions of their court personnel, halls of justice, and court houses as soon as possible.