CJ Bersamin Leads Groundbreaking of Regional Judiciary Center in New Clark City

October 4, 2019

Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin (5th from left) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the First Judiciary Regional Center in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac on October 4, 2019. The Chief Justice also led the unveiling of the stone marker for the 5.8-hectare lot with (from left) Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Director Aristotle Batuhan, Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Noel Manankil, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Ernesto Pernia, BCDA President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon, Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, Court of Appeals Acting Presiding Justice Remedios A. Salazar-Fernando, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang, and Court of Tax Appeals Presiding Justice Roman G. Del Rosario.

CJ Bersamin shared that the Supreme Court proposed to build several buildings on the lot, and the most important of which are alternative Halls of Justice “for when Manila will be hit by a disaster, we could come here and escape.” He also said that this Regional Center will house a fully functioning Supreme Court and each of the three-level courts would have premises of their own. Another notable feature of this Regional Center is the Archives Center, which CJ Bersamin said was something the Judiciary has needed for years. It will also be home to another training center for judges and employees.

The Chief Justice mentioned that although the Judiciary is a co-equal branch of government, it does not have as much resources as the other branches of government and thus appreciates the support and generosity from local government units and national government agencies. He thanked BCDA President and CEO “Vince” Dizon who wasted no time from their first meeting in May of this year when they first invited Supreme Court Officials to do an ocular, to breaking ground in just a matter of months. CJ Bersamin took notice of how all the plans were quickly realized and was thankful it happened weeks before his compulsory retirement.

On July 4, 2019, the Supreme Court, through Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez, and BCDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the allocation of this 5.8-hectare area inside the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City for the use of the Judiciary.

After the groundbreaking ceremony, BCDA President and CEO Dizon gave Supreme Court officials a tour of the NGAC and the facilities to be used for the Southeast Asian Games. (Photo and caption courtesy of the Public Information Office)