JSCC Lays Foundation for First ‘Green Justice Zone’ in Palawan
October 6, 2023
Supreme Court Associate Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh (fourth from left), Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Michael Frederick L. Musngi (fourth from right) and Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jaime Fortunato A. Caringal (third from left) pose for posterity with Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron (center) and Puerto Princesa City local government officials and representatives on September 27, 2023.
The Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC), composed of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), continued its drive to establish Justice Zones across the country as its representatives met with key officials of the Provincial Government of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City on September 27, 2023.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh led the effort for the ground work to establish Puerto Princesa City, Palawan as the 12th Justice Zone thus far.
Justice Singh, who heads the JSCC Technical Working Group on Processes and Capacity Building, had fruitful dialogues with Palawan Governor and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Chair Dennis Socrates and Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron to prepare for the formal launch on November 10, 2023 of Puerto Princesa as the first ever “Green Justice Zone” – the premiere showcase of national-local government collaboration for efficient and effective delivery of justice in environmental protection and natural resource management.
Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Michael Frederick L. Musngi and Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jaime Fortunato A. Caringal likewise attended the dialogues of the JSCC with local chief executives of Palawan.
Created in 2010, the JSCC serves as a joint forum for dialogue on issues of common interest and mechanism for effective coordination and sharing of information in support of planning and implementation of joint initiatives among justice sector institutions, specifically the Supreme Court, the DOJ, and the DILG.