Manila asks SC to hasten construction of new Hall of Justice
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin bared that the City of Manila asked the Supreme Court to hasten the construction of the city Hall of Justice (HoJ).
“There is already a demand by the Mayor of Manila for all courts to leave City Hall of Manila,” Bersamin.
“If you had gone to the city hall of Manila, you will see the congestion in human as well as in document traffic. Napaka-puno,” he continued, noting that human and documentation traffic necessitated efforts to speed up the construction.
Bersamin said the SC was already in the stage of procurement and completion of construction at the old Government Service Insurance System building.
The budget allocated by the SC for the Manila HoJ was P1.865-billion to cover five phases, namely pre-design, design, procurement, construction support and post construction support.
The construction of the Manila HoJ was a plan since early 2000 but was shelved due to budget constraints.
The SC requested the Department of Budget and Management for a P3 billion budget but was declined in 2010.
Manila lower courts were scattered all over Manila City Hall, old Ombudsman building, the old GSIS building, former Masagana mall near UN Avenue, and in Binondo area.
The new Manila HoJ would include courthouses with modern communication facilities like LCD screens outside each courtroom so that lawyers, litigants, and the public in general could view court activities and announcements.
The new HoJ could house 120 Regional and Metropolitan Trial Courts as planned.
It would also be an environment-friendly court with paperless conference rooms equipped with video-conferencing equipment, as well as closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, intercom and Internet wireless hotspots