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Supreme Court’s First Judiciary Regional Center breaks ground in New Clark City

Supreme Court’s First Judiciary Regional Center breaks ground in New Clark City The Supreme Court of the Philippines broke ground its First Judiciary Regional Center in NewClark City today, October 4, 2019. Led by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and BCDA President andChief Executive Officer Vivencio Dizon, the groundbreaking ceremony paves the way for PresidentRodrigo Duterte’s vision to build alternative cities to decongest Metro Manila and spur growth inareas outside of the capital. The event was also graced by Court of Appeals Acting Presiding Justice Remedios Salazar-Fernando, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Court of Tax AppealsPresiding Justice Roman Del Rosario, Philippine Judicial Academy Justice Adolfo Azcuna, CourtAdministrator Jose Midas Marquez, Deputy Court Administrator Leo Madrazo, SocioeconomicPlanning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, BCDA Director Aristotle Batuhan, BCDA Executive VicePresident Aileen Zosa, and Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Noel Manankil. In a message, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said that New Clark City is “a very promisinglocation,” because of its proximity to major infrastructures. These include the Subic-Clark-TarlacExpressway, the Subic seaport, and the Clark International Airport which will be the country’s nextglobal gateway. “We will establish here a fully functioning Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Bersamin said. “Weproposed to build here several buildings, the most important of which would be alternative halls ofjustice for when Manila will be hit by [a] disaster,” the Chief Justice added. “We have not just planned it, we have not just talked about it, we have actually done it,” Dizonsaid, citing the progress of the New Clark City Phase 1A which includes the Athletics Stadium,Aquatics Center, and the Athletes’ Village are ready for this year’s 30th South East Asian Games.The new sports facilities were built in just 18 months since it broke ground in January 2018. “I thank the honorable court and the entire judiciary for seeing and joining the President in hisvision: to build a new metropolis. And what better way to kick-start this new city is by beginningthe setting up of government satellite offices from various agencies including the judiciary,” Dizonsaid. A historical marker for the judiciary regional center was unveiled as part of the ceremony. The 5.8-hectare judiciary regional center which was conceptualized by Chief Justice Bersamin andSenior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will house a data and an archive center for SupremeCourt’s business and historical records, housing facilities, a training center for the PhilippineJudicial Academy, and dedicated areas for the Court of Appeals, the Court of Tax Appeals, theSandiganbayan. The detailed development plan for the judiciary complex is scheduled to be finished this year whileconstruction is set to start next year. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAVP for Corporate Communications+63 908 899 8578

October 4, 2019

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Supreme Court inks MOU with BCDA for 5.8-hectare Judiciary Complex

Supreme Court inks MOU with BCDA for 5.8-hectare Judiciary Complex The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Supreme Court of thePhilippines signed on Thursday, July 4, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the allocationof a 5.8-hectare area inside the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New ClarkCity for its judiciary offices. Gracing the event was Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. The signing was led by Court AdministratorJose Midas Marquez, who was authorized to sign by the Court en banc, and BCDA President andCEO Vivencio Dizon. Witnessing the signing were Atty. Laura C.H. del Rosario, Deputy Clerk ofCourt and Judicial Reform Program Administrator, and BCDA Executive Vice President and ChiefOperating Officer Aileen Anunciacion Zosa. The signing of the MOU jumpstarts a further agreement between both parties for the developmentof the Supreme Court’s new facilities. The 5.8-hectare lot will be used, among others, as a regional office of the Supreme Court with anarchive center, data center, and a training center with living quarters, and for its attached agenciessuch as the Philippine Judicial Academy, the Judicial and Bar Council, and the MandatoryContinuing Legal Education Office. “The concept of the NGAC is a step in the right direction for the Philippines,” Chief JusticeBersamin said in a previous statement. “The Supreme Court welcomes the opportunity to become astakeholder and locator,” the Chief Justice added. Under the MOU, the Supreme Court’s lot will be surrounded by a residential area, a businesscenter, and a proposed governance innovation hub. Supreme Court’s new office in NGAC will alsobe accessible to the 12.05-kilometer road from New Clark City to the Subic-Clark-TarlacExpressway (SCTEX). “We’re fortunate that the highest tribunal is joining us with the vision for New Clark City,” Dizonsaid. “This huge support adds value to Clark’s steady growth which will further expand with thedevelopment of connectivity infrastructure, such as the Clark International Airport new terminalbuilding and the construction of railways,” he added. The 200-hectare mixed-use government center in New Clark City is an integral part of PresidentDuterte’s vision to accelerate economic growth in the regions by decentralizing state offices inMetro Manila and solving the congestion problem in the capital. Phase 1A of NGAC involves the construction of world-class sports facilities to be used in thisyear’s hosting of the South East Asian Games. The facilities include the 20,000-seater AthleticStadium, 2,000-seater Aquatic Center, and an Athletes’ Village. As the country’s first smart, green, and resilient city, New Clark City is envisioned to be a world-class government hub designed to ensure continuous business operations and services for thepeople in case of disaster or national calamities.  -END- References:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAVP for Corporate Communications, BCDA09088998578 Atty. Brian Keith F. HosakaAssistant Court AdministratorSpokespersonChief, Supreme Court Public Information Office09399903347

July 4, 2019

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