Ju­di­cial com­plex at SRP ap­proved

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/KBQ

A ju­di­ciary com­plex in Cebu City will soon rise at the South Road Prop­er­ties as the City Coun­cil passed an or­di­nance trans­fer­ring own­er­ship of 15,000-square meter to the Supreme Court (SC) of the Philip­pines.

Dur­ing its last reg­u­lar ses­sion of the year, the leg­isla­tive body ap­proved Coun­cilor Sisinio An­dales’ pro­posed or­di­nance trans­fer­ring own­er­ship of a prop­erty at SRP to the SC for the con­struc­tion of the P1.5bil­lion com­plex.

“The City of Cebu led by Mayor Tomas Os­meña rec­og­nized the need for a new lo­ca­tion for an iconic Hall of Jus­tice and sup­port­ive of the ju­di­ciary’s in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment pro­gram; had agreed to do­nate a larger lot than the SRP lot at the pro­posed Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter at SRP, lo­cated at the south­west part of the SRP,” read por­tion of the ap­proved or­di­nance.

The com­plex is de­signed to house in one roof all the courts in the city, in­clud­ing the trial court branches, the Court of Ap­peals (CA), a hear­ing room for the Sandi­gan­bayan, and of­fices for the SC.

“There is a need to build a new and iconic Hall of Jus­tice in Cebu City, which is en­vi­sioned to be part of a Ju­di­ciary Com­plex that will house all the courts in Cebu City,” said An­dales.

The or­di­nance was ap­proved on De­cem­ber 4, 2018 with­out dis­cus­sions and ob­jec­tions from other mem­bers of the coun­cil.

In 2010, the city gov­ern­ment also do­nated 7,123-square meter lot at north­east side of SRP to the CA.

The mag­ni­tude 7.2 quake that struck Bo­hol and Cebu on Oc­to­ber 15, 2013 dam­aged P2.3 bil­lion worth of pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture, about P819 mil­lion of it in Cebu. Among the dam­aged in­fra­struc­tures was the Palace of Jus­tice inside the Capi­tol com­pound.

The Palace of Jus­tice was deemed un­fit for oc­cu­pancy after suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous dam­age from the quake.

In 2014, the Cebu City’s courts were trans­ferred to Qi­monda fol­low­ing the or­der of for­mer SC chief jus­tice Ma. Lour­des Sereno.

To re­call, SC Ad­min­is­tra­tor Jose Mi­das Mar­quez told mem­bers of the City Coun­cil that they will start pro­cess­ing for the con­struc­tion of the com­plex within the first quar­ter of 2019.

An­dales said SC has man­i­fested that the do­nated 7,123-square meter prop­erty will be given back to the city gov­ern­ment once the city will is­sue the new Cer­tifi­cate of Ti­tle of the 15,000-square meter prop­erty or Lot 9 of the Con­sol­i­dated Sub­di­vi­sion Plan.

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