Add’l trial courts pushed

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THE In­te­grated Bar of the Philip­pines (IBP) Davao Chap­ter is push­ing for the es­tab­lish­ment of ad­di­tional regional trial courts in Davao City.

IBP-Davao Chap­ter pres­i­dent lawyer Ro­ge­lio Largo said there are only 14 courts in Davao City. He added these courts cater to a pop­u­la­tion close to two to three mil­lion in­clud­ing the mi­gra­tory peo­ple who come here on reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Largo said there were three courts re­cently cre­ated in the city, but un­for­tu­nately, these three regional trial courts do not have court rooms yet.

“This is one of the ad­vo­cates of the IBP. Now, why I am say­ing this is be­cause if we com­pare Davao City to other ur­ban cities across the coun­try. We suf­fer in com­par­i­son be­cause some cities have over 20 regional trial courts,” Largo said.

He also said the courts here are bom­barded with var­i­ous crim­i­nal and civil

cases. He added that they have a case load of about 1,500 cases per court.

“With the case load our courts have, that es­sen­tially de­lays the process be­cause there is a limit in ab­sorp­tive ca­pac­ity of a court,” he added.

He also said IBP-Davao is also push­ing for the sep­a­ra­tion of the Court of Ap­peals (CA) and the National La­bor Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion (NLRC) in Davao City, if not trans­fer the ex­ist­ing CA in Ca­gayan de Oro to Davao City.

Largo said that Davao City has more ad­van­tage in terms of ac­ces­si­bil­ity by most peo­ple whose cases are ap­pealed ei­ther at the NLRC or the Court of Ap­peals. ICT and 27 re­main at large.

Of the 76 ac­cused males, how­ever, 38 were de­tained while 38 are still large.

Poli­nar said dis­missed and with­drawn cases were due to lack of ev­i­dence. It could be that the com­plainants and vic­tims can no longer be lo­cated and/or failed to ap­pear in courts. She added that archived cases in­volved ac­cused who are at large.

DOJ urged gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties to in­ten­sify their mon­i­tor­ing and sur­veil­lance on hu­man traf­fick­ing. The of­fice also en­cour­aged peo­ple to ask the right gov­ern­ment agen­cies for queries be­fore ac­cept­ing of­fers from strangers.

The Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment (DSWD) in Davao, mean­while, pro­vides trans­porta­tion and food as­sis­tance for the vic­tims, and liveli­hood, ed­u­ca­tional and skills train­ing as­sis­tance so that the peo­ple will not be eas­ily lured to be vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing. ICT

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