First Judiciary Regional Center to rise in New Clark City

SUPREME Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin led  yesterday the ground breaking ceremony for the first Judiciary Regional Center at New Clark City (NCC).

“NCC is a very promising location because of its proximity to major infrastructures. These include the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the Subic seaport, and the Clark International Airport which will be the country’s next global gateway,” Bersamin said.

“We will establish here a fully functioning Supreme Court. We proposed to build here several buildings, the most important of which would be alternative Halls of Justice  when Manila will be hit by [a] disaster,” he added.

For his part, Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio Dizon thanked the Supreme Court and the entire judiciary for seeing and joining President Duterte in his vision of building a new metropolis.

“We have not just planned it, we have not just talked about it, we have actually done it. Phase 1A of NCC includes the 20,000 seater Athletics Stadium, 2,000 seater Aquatics Center and the Athletes’ Village which are ready for this year’s 30th South East Asian Games. These facilities were built in just 18 months since it broke ground in January 2018,” Dizon added.

The 5.8 hectare Judiciary Regional Center will house a data and an archive center for Supreme Court’s business and historical records, housing facilities, a training center for the Philippine Judicial Academy, and dedicated areas for the Court of Appeals, the Court of Tax Appeals, and the Sandiganbayan.

Detailed development plan for the complex is scheduled to be finished this year while construction is set to start next year.