THE Court of Appeals (CA) in Cagayan de Oro will soon have its own new building after the country’s highest court signed the two contracts on the consultancy services for the detailed architectural and engineering design and project management of the building on Friday, July 19.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin signed the contracts for the construction of the CA-CDO Station at the En Banc Session Hall in Padre Faura, Manila.
Among those who witnessed the contract signing were CA-CDO Station Executive Justice Edgardo Camello and CA Presiding Justice Romeo Barza.
Also present are CA Associate Justice Remedios Salazar-Fernando and SC Associate Justice and former CA Presiding Justice Andres Reyes.
The multi-storey building will rise on a six-hectare lot in Indahag, this city, as part of a planned CDO Judicial Complex. It was conceptualized after the Hall of Justice was gutted by fire in 2015.
Since its establishment in 2004, the CA-CDO has been leasing the YMCA building along Julio Pacana st., this city.
“The contract signing marks an important milestone in the endeavor to give the CA-CDO a permanent home as befitting a station of the second highest court of the land and seedbed of future Supreme Court Justices,” the Chief Justice said.
“The building will stand as the pre-eminent judicial building in Mindanao, the symbol that the Rule of Law holds sway over the island,” he added.
The CA Station in Mindanao located in the city for cases from the 9th to 12th Judicial Regions, including the CA Station in Visayas located in Cebu City were established by virtue of Republic Act No. 8246.