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Supreme Court orders inspection of jail facilities amid extreme heat
Supreme Court orders inspection of jail facilities amid extreme heat
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Supreme Court orders inspection of jail facilities amid extreme heat
by Mary Antalan03 May 2024
Photo courtesy: 2016 Noel Cellis/AFP

The Supreme Court (SC) ordered judges to inspect jail facilities in the country to ensure the persons deprived of liberties (PDL) were in good condition amid the continuous extreme heat.

"PDL may also be negatively impacted by these extreme heat and weather conditions, more so as they are detained in crowded facilities," the SC said in a statement.

Based on SC's Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) No. 01-2024, all judges are directed to conduct jail visitation at least once within their respective jurisdiction on any day not later than Mary 31.

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"The sole purpose of determining how PDLs were affected by this heat wave. is in addition to the required regular quarterly jail visit per OCA Circular No. 01-2024," the highest court's order read.

On April 4, the SC adjusted its work operations to 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. also due to dangerous heat indices based on the report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA reported on Thursday that 39 areas in the country experienced a ‘danger level’ of heat index.

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A dangerous heat index might result in heat cramps, exhaustion, and stroke.

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