Celso seeks judiciary’s support for add’l RTCs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 11:36

Congressman Celso L. Lobregat sought the support of the Judiciary on the implementation of Republic Act (RA) No. 10301 which created four (4) additional branches of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Zamboanga City.

During the budget hearing of the Judiciary held last August 14, 2014, Lobregat pushed for the implementation of the said law. In response, Deputy Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva said the Supreme Court has issued a resolution on August 13, 2013 for the implementation of RA No. 10301 and for the creation of new positions to conform with the approved staffing pattern of the RTC. The Supreme Court assigned Branch Numbers 32, 33, 34 and 35 for the newly-created court salas.

For the funding requirement, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued the Notice of Organization, Staffing and Compensation Action (NOSCA) on November 29, 2013 for the full implementation of RA 10301.

RA No. 10301 entitled: “An Act creating four (4) additional branches of the Regional Trial Court in the Ninth Judicial Region to be stationed at Zamboanga City, amending for the purpose Section 14, Paragraph (J) of Batas Pambansa Blg. 129, otherwise known as ‘The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980,’ as amended, and appropriating funds therefore” was enacted into law on November 15, 2012.

Section 2 of the said law provides that “the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in coordination with the Secretary of the Department of Justice, shall immediately include in the Court’s program the operationalization of the four (4) additional branches of the Regional Trial Court to be stationed at Zamboanga City, the funding of which shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act. The funds necessary for the operation of the Court(s) herein created shall be appropriated and released only upon the actual organization of the Court(s) and the appointment of its personnel.”

Lobregat has been continuously monitoring the implementation of the said law since last year’s FY 2014 budget hearing of the Judiciary. Now on the FY 2015 budget hearing, he brought up the matter again to the Supreme Court. — Jubels Santos