Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta led the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Hall of Justice (HOJ) in Laoag City on January 15, 2021. The new HOJ of Laoag City promises to be a modern, iconic structure that will house the courts on the 2,911-square meter site.
The Chief Justice was joined by Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc, Mayor Michael M. Keon, Court of Appeals Associate Justice Fernanda C. Lampas Peralta, Court Administrator Midas P. Marquez, and Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva.
Chief Justice Peralta said that the groundbreaking was “one step towards the realization of the Judiciary’s goal of providing our local judges and court employees a conducive work environment that will further improve the administrative and administrative functions of the Laoag trial courts. This, in turn, will reinforce the aspects of my Ten- Point Program as Chief Justice that are geared towards the elimination of case backlogs in the courts, the automation of court processes and the incorporation of court technology in hearings and trials, and the improvement of the security of judges, court personnel, and the Halls of Justice.”
Governor Matthew Manotoc said that this was an acknowledgment of the Judiciary’s indispensable, yet largely unglamorous role in government, mainly because of its independence and disdain for political patronage.
Mayor Michael Marcos Keon, for his part, said that the new HOJ signifies the realization of a long-awaited dream, and that the occasion is in “honor of the judicial branch and its vital role and place in our government and in our society. Particularly, in the dispensation of justice and in protecting the general rights and welfare of the people.” On a more personal note, CJ Peralta shared that it was a “fulfillment of my own vision and dream—as a lawyer, as a magistrate of the Supreme Court, and as a Laoagueño—for my dear Laoag City. Growing up—being a young Ilocano coming from a family of public servants and lawyers—the sight of the Laoag City Hall of Justice instilled in my then youthful mind an instinctive motivation to be a part of the legal profession, and, in the process, to give back to my beloved hometown. This motivation has never wavered; on the contrary, it persisted in me from the time I became a lawyer and a public servant myself up until now.” ###