BCDA gives SC 5.8 hectare lot in New Clark City
The Supreme Court and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed on Thursday a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the allocation of a 5.8-hectare area inside the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City for its judiciary offices.
Gracing the event was Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. The signing was led by Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, who was authorized to sign by the Court en banc, and BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon. Witnessing the signing were Atty. Laura C.H. del Rosario, Deputy Clerk of Court and Judicial Reform Program Administrator, and BCDA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Aileen Anunciacion Zosa.
The signing of the MOU jumpstarts a further agreement between both parties for the development of SC’s new facilities.
The 5.8-hectare lot will be used, among others, as a regional office of the SC with an archive center, data center, and a training center with living quarters, and for its attached agencies such as the Philippine Judicial Academy, the Judicial and Bar Council, and the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Office.
“The concept of the NGAC is a step in the right direction for the Philippines,” Bersamin said in a statement. “The Supreme Court welcomes the opportunity to become a stakeholder and locator.”
Under the MOU, the SC’s lot will be surrounded by a residential area, a business center, and a proposed governance innovation hub.
The SC’s new office in NGAC will also be accessible to the 12.05-kilometer road from New Clark City to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
“We’re fortunate that the highest tribunal is joining us with the vision for New Clark City,” Dizon said. “This huge support adds value to Clark’s steady growth which will further expand with the development of connectivity infrastructure, such as the Clark International Airport new terminal building and the construction of railways,” he added.