MANILA, April 12 -- The state weather bureau on Friday recommended that local government units and school officials have the final say in issuing extreme heat protocols.

"At the moment, our recommendation is that the recipients of heat-related information provided by PAGASA (e.g., the local government units, school heads, etc.) should have the final say on the decision-making process guided by the information that they received from the agency," the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a statement on Friday afternoon

Its statement comes after a lawmaker recently suggested that PAGASA could set rules on work and class cancellations due to extreme heat.

Many schools have been cance...