Hall of Jus­tice finds new home

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By PJ Orias

All trans­ac­tions re­lated to the courts in the city will be done at the new site of the Hall of Jus­tice in Up­per Balu­lalang, start­ing Oc­to­ber 2, Mon­day, Ex­ec­u­tive Judge Den­nis Al­can­tar said.

Al­can­tar, in his visit with other judges to the City Coun­cil yes­ter­day, thanked the city gov­ern­ment for lend­ing them space for courts trans­ac­tions for the last two years.

“Medyo maluag na ang space kay as you re­mem­ber, gi-ac­com­mo­date man lang mi sa City Hall pagka­sunog sa Hall of Jus­tice last 2015, so nisin­git mi dinhi sa city hall, nak­aguot sad mi sa ila (There will be enough space be­cause as you re­mem­ber we were only ac­com­mo­dated by the City Hall af­ter the Hall of Jus­tice fire last 2015),” Al­can­tar said in an in­ter­view.

“Al­though dili gyud pareho kadako ang space didto nga atong gusto, pero mas spa­cious na siya kung ang mga ko­rte lang ang sto­rya­han. Bet­ter na naay kau­galin­gon na place (Al­though the space there is still not how we want it to be, but it is still enough for the courts. It is bet­ter we have our own place),” he added.

The new site of the Hall of Jus­tice at Gold­bridge Build­ing, Master­sons Av­enue, Up­per Balu­lang, how­ever is still tem­po­rary, Al­can­tar clar­i­fied.

He said the per­ma­nent Hall of Jus­tice of Ca­gayan de Oro will still be in its orig­i­nal area in Hayes Street.

Al­can­tar said the rem­nants of the old Hall of Jus­tice will be de­mol­ished and a new 3-4 storey build­ing will rise soon to house the courts per­ma­nently.

“As of now, we are still on the process of bid­ding out, so most prob­a­bly, within next year, when some­one wins the bid­ding, we can start the con­struc­tion,” he said.

While it is still be­ing con­structed, he said the courts will stay at its new site for 4 years.

Al­though find­ings of the Hall of Jus­tice fire was ac­ci­den­tal, Al­can­tar said they are tak­ing nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions and will im­ple­ment height­ened se­cu­rity.

“Yes we are wiser now. Naay sto­rya nga...al­though ang find­ings of­fi­cially is ac­ci­den­tal, and some­thing to do sa old build­ings and its wirings. Pero just the same, we are tak­ing nec­es­sary pre­cau­tiond na mag­ban­tay na gyud, mag­a­mp­ing, height­ened na,” he added.

“We would like to ex­press our grat­i­tude sa Mayor, sa City Coun­cil, sa ilang pagsagop sa amo sa duha ka tuig kapin,” he said.

City Councilor Teodolfu ‘Bong' Lao Jr., for his part said, it is only right that the courts have their proper place to hear cases.

Lao is one of the coun­cilors who pushed for the courts' im­me­di­ate trans­fer, point­ing out that their stay in the city hall is ham­per­ing the de­liv­ery of ba­sic ser­vices.

“We are happy that fi­nally they will be trans­ferred be­cause stay­ing in the city hall must have been hard for them, con­sid­er­ing they are only us­ing small spa­ces of our of­fices. Luoy sila bisan asa lang mag­hear­ing, init kaayo, depende ra asa ang li­bre. So madis­tract sila sa ilang tra­baho,” Lao said.

Lao said he is also thank­ful that fi­nally, the coun­cilors can use their of­fices again.

“At least ang atong con­fer­ence room, mag­a­mit na nato, kay ila man sad ng gi­hug­man para sa hear­ings. So whole day nata maka­hold sa atong com­mit­tee meet­ings,” he said.

“Sakto lang na naa silay own place be­cause dili bastabasta ilang tra­baho, their line of work is frag­ile, so we also con­grat­u­late them for this new be­gin­ning,” Lao added.

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