THE SUPREME Court (SC) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding for the 5.8-hectare Judiciary Complex that will be built at the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City in Tarlac. The signing was led by Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez and BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio B. Dizon. The Judiciary Complex will house the regional office of the SC with an archive center, data center, and training center with living quarters. It will also be used by the court’s attached agencies such as the Philippine Judicial Academy, the Judicial and Bar Council, and the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Office. “It is an ambitious project also because we want to break ground by this October 2019, or some three months from now,” Mr. Marquez said in a speech during the signing ceremony, adding that it will also shelter sharing rooms and regional offices of the Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, and Commission on Audit. “We’re fortunate that the highest tribunal is joining us with the vision for the New Clark City. This huge support adds value to Clark’s steady growth which will further expand with the development of connectivity infrastructure, such as Clark International Airport new terminal building and the construction of railways,” Mr. Dizon was quoted as saying in the press release. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas