By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
The construction of the new Caloocan City hall of justice will start late this year or early next year, Mayor Oca Malapitan said.
During the inauguration of the city’s first people’s park Wednesday, Malapitan bared that they are just awaiting a writ of possession of a private lot in Grace Park where they could start the building of the new Regional Trial Court (RTC).
“May inaayos pa kaming mga papeles. Fi-nile na namin ‘yun [lote] for public use. Expropriation kasi ‘yun,” he said.
[We are just processing some papers. But we have already filed (the lot) for public use, for expropriation]
Malapitan once told the Manila Bulletin that the construction of the new RTC is part of his plans to help the national government on his third term.
“Magpapagawa ako ng [bagong] hall of justice. Dapat dyan sagot ng national government, ng Supreme Court,” he said.
[I will build a new hall of justice, which should be the responsibility of the national government, of the Supreme Court]
He added that he is eyeing to finish it before his term ends.
“Three years na lang kasi ako, kailangan kong matapos ang project,” he said.
[I only have three remaining years as a mayor, so I need to finish it immediately]
“Kapag nasimulan na, in three months, tapos yun,” he added.
[If its construction has already started, it will be finished in three months]
Once the new hall of justice is built, the old RTC on 10th Ave. will be demolished and be converted to a commercial lot.
“Plano ko sa dating hall of justice, ipapa-upa ko kung may uupa. Dating public market kasi ‘yun,” he said.
[I’m planning to lease the old hall of justice, which was a former public market]
Aside from a new hall of justice, Malapitan said that he will also build a new city jail in North Caloocan where the inmates at the congested city jail in Kaunlaran Village, South Caloocan will be relocated.
“Magbibigay ng P300 million ang BJMP [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] kung mayroon kaming lupa. Mayroon [naman] kaming lupa, kaya nga lang may mga unti pa kaming problemang inaayos,” he added.
[The BJMP will give us P300 million if we already have a lot. We have land, but we are just working on some matters]