New SC Complex soon to rise in BGC in Taguig

TAGUIG CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA)—A new Supreme Court Complex is soon to rise on the 21, 463 sq.m property located at the former Philippine Army Security Escort Group Area in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Yesterday, President Benigno S. Aquino III and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno led the groundbreaking of the future site of the Supreme Court Complex.

The groundbreaking was preceded by a ceremonial signing of the Contract to Sell between the Supreme Court, represented by SC En Banc Clerk of Court Felipa B. Anama, and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, represented by its President and Chief Executive Officer, Arnel Pasiano D. Casanova.

The sale of the more than two-hectare BCDA property was pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the BCDA and the Supreme Court for the purchase of the said lot property, which was approved by the SC, through its En Banc resolution dated April 22, 2014.

Also attending the ceremony were justices from the SC, Court of Appeals, and Sandiganbayan, as well as former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

During the briefing on plans for the new SC Complex, SC Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe said the Department of Budget and Management provided P1.28 billion to acquire the property and has already approved the P3.2 billion budget for the design and construction of the SC complex.

She said new SC complex slated to be completed by 2019 will which include a nine-story building with 51 offices and a six-storey parking building with 600 parking slots.

“The complex will “adopt an environmentally sustainable design aimed at lowering carbon footprint… lowering maintenance expense," Bernabe said.

She added that the complex would be "at par with foreign counterparts or even better."

Bernabe assured the public that the buildings would adhere with the Building Code, and could withstand earthquakes and typhoons.

She said the new complex would address congestion at the high tribunal and at the Office of the Court Administrator, which have a combined 2,800 employees, who she said were "working in cramp spaces that do not meet the 10 sq. m. per person requirement."

The complex is also expected to remedy the inefficiencies brought about by the current set-up of having the docket office and cashier located in separate areas.

Bernabe also said the complex would house a training center and a convention hall expected to bolster the SC’s capacity building program and allow the tribunal to host local and international conventions.

The SC currently sits on land owned by the University of the Philippines along Padre Faura in Manila while the lot for the new SC Complex is currently occupied by the K-9 Unit of the Philippine Army and its facilities. (PIA-NCR/RJB/SDL)

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