‘Di na drawing! Carpio announces construction of P2.-B Manila Hall of Justice
After dreaming for almost four decades for its erection, the Supreme Court (SC) is set to finally bid out the construction of the Manila Hall of Justice worth P2.8 billion, Justice Antonio Carpio announced on Tuesday (Oct. 22).
“The Manila Hall of Justice had eight ground breakings. The last one was in 2012 which I presided,” he recounted during the unveiling of plans for the Manila hall of justice.
“Surely, I said nothing could stop the expeditious construction of Manila Hall of Justice. I was of course dead wrong,” he admitted.
Carpio said he failed to take into account the formidable Government Procurement Reform Act and the National Cultural Heritage Act.
“It took the Court seven years and counting to hurdle these two laws,” he said.
“However, our Office on Halls of Justice has remained undaunted and doggedly pursued its mandate to construct the Manila hall of justice,” he added.
Meanwhile, Carpio said detailed architectural and engineering design has been awarded and completed, while, the Office on the Halls of Justice has just completed the terms of reference for the bidding and actual construction.
“The completed terms of reference will now allow the Court to finally bid out hopefully within the next few months the actually construction of the Manila HOJ,” he said.
The site, which is located on the former GSIS building, will house 120 courtrooms and numerous facilities.
“Mayor Isko Moreno will be happy to know that the Manila HOJ will be the most modern and most beautiful HOJ in the Philippines befitting a HOJ for your capital city of Manila,” Carpio assured.