|Quezon City Turns over "Justice on Wheels" Bus|
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, together with guest of honor Vice President Leni Robredo
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, together with guest of honor Vice President Leni Robredo, led the turnover of the “Justice on Wheels” bus to the Supreme Court of the Philippines, represented by SC Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, and Quezon City Executive Judge Cecilyn Villavert (RTC) and Executive Judge Janet Abergos- Samar (MTC).
Members of the City Council, city officials, and judges of the Quezon City courts also attended the turnover ceremony.
The program also aims to promote protection for women, pursuant to RA 9710 otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women focusing on the equal treatment before the law.
In his acceptance remarks, Court Administrator Marquez said that the bus would not only enhance the “Justice on Wheels” program but will also help decongest the courts of logged cases.
He added that since the launching of the program in 2008, they were able to help dispense justice in various parts of the country, from Abra in the north to Basilan, in the south.
Since its inception in 2008, the program has resolved a total of 16, 000 cases – 8,000 of these were criminal and the other half were civil cases.
According to Court Administrator Marquez, the “Justice on Wheels” bus is made up of two parts, with two prosecutors assigned. The prosecutor in the front part will handle criminal cases while the one on the other end of the bus will receive civil cases. A mediator will also be present to assist in civil cases.
Vice President Leni Robredo also launched the “Istorya ng Pag-asa” photo exhibit at QC Hall Covered Walk, an exhibit that features ordinary people whose lives have touched and inspired others.