Governor Hilario P. Davide III will donate a 3,000 square meter lot to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“We offer this former Department of Agriculture compound naa pamay space diha,” Davide told the media last January 25 at the Capitol.
The DOJ will use the lot for the construction of their new building for their prosecutors including Public Attorney’s Office lawyers.
However, the governor also wanted to own the abandoned Palace of Justice as part of the deal.
Gov. Davide said that he received a letter from former DOJ Secretary Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa asking him for a space.
The governor stated that he already prepared his reply. However, he failed to send it due to Caguioa’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
The DOJ prosecutors are still staying at the ground floor of the Palace of Justice after it was damaged by an earthquake in 2013.
The Cebu City Office of the Building Official and private structural engineers found the four-story edifice “unfit for occupation.” All judges and court personnel in Cebu City have transferred to Quimonda IT Center in North Reclamation Area for almost two years now.
The Palace of Justice was constructed during the time of former President Corazon Aquino.
The DOJ owned the building while the administration of the building was assigned to the Supreme Court. The Capitol owns the lot where the building stands.
The governor wanted to take over the Palace of Justice for the creation of more Capitol offices.