Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta today spearheaded the hybrid launch of the Calamba City Justice Zone in Laguna.
The Calamba City is the first and sole Justice Zone to be unveiled during the term of Chief Justice Peralta. It is also the first to be launched virtually and during a pandemic. The Calamba City JZ is the latest addition to the other JZ after Quezon City, Cebu City, Davao City, Angeles City, Bacolod City, and Naga City.
In his message, Chief Justice Peralta said: “When we are able to bring together all the justice pillars and stakeholders in a particular location into a well-defined and sufficiently articulated locus, we can say we are moving towards the right direction for improved administration of justice, especially under extreme or difficult circumstances. This is how we envision our Justice Zones.” The Chief Justice said he was a bit sentimental as the launch is “first and last time that I would ever be part of a Justice Zone and justice sector event as Chief Justice. It would have been such a gainful opportunity to have been among you early on, had this pandemic not taken place.”
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, European Union Ambassador Luc Veron, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez,
and Assistant Court Administrator and Public Information Office Chief Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka also virtually joined the Launch, with key local officials and representatives from the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC) in attendance in the venue itself. The JSCC is composed of the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.
In attendance at the Hall of Justice of Calamba City were Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva, Justice Undersecretary Jon Paulo Salvahan, Interior Undersecretary Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri, City Mayor Justin Marc Chipeco, Program Management Office Administrator Laura C.H. Del Rosario, and Calamba City judges led by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Glenda Mendoza-Ramos. One of the projects of the JSCC which is supported by the Justice Sector Reform Programme: Governance in Justice (GOJUST) Programme under financial grant by the European Union (EU), the Justice Zone project adheres to its objective of a swift and fair administration of the criminal justice system. It is established to strengthen the coordination and communication between the Judiciary, Department of Justice and Department of Interior and Local Government. ###