Davide eyes Palace of Justice building as extension

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Sunday, March 16, 2014


CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III will meet with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in Manila on Wednesday to inform her that the Provincial Government will use the Palace of Justice as an extension of the Capitol building.

The Chief Justice Marcelo B. Fernan Hall of Justice was no longer used after it was declared structurally unsafe after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.

Currently, court proceedings are held in Quimonda IT Center at the North Reclamation Area.

There are also temporary courtrooms that are still within the Capitol compound.

Davide said he will tell Sereno that the Province will retrofit the building.

He said the Capitol owns the lot where the Hall of Justice is located.

“The plan of the Provincial Government is to retrofit the building. We will spend money for this because we need more office space,” he said.

Davide said they will put offices in the Hall of Justice that will be under the executive and legislative department.

He said they will also place extension offices for provincial social welfare and development, provincial assessor and general services because of the number of personnel and stored documents in their offices.

No document

The Capitol has been checking records for a deed of donation. But Davide said there is no document that would show that the portion where the Hall of Justice is situated was donated by the Capitol to the Supreme Court or to the Department of Justice.

“What’s clear is that it was just a friendly verbal agreement,” Davide said.

Earlier, Cebu Provincial Prosecutor Pepita Jane Petralba said they will meet with Davide to request for a lot for the construction of the Department of Justice building that will house the offices of regional, municipal and city prosecutors who were also affected of the earthquake.

Petralba said they were informed that the budget is already available. Davide said he will take it up with the Provincial Board.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 17, 2014.

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