Name special courts for expropriation cases, RDC 7 asks Supreme Court

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The Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 is requesting the Supreme Court to create a special court to handle expropriation cases so completion of road projects in Central Visayas could be hastened.

It is also requesting the executive judge of the Regional Trial Court in Cebu to prioritize the immediate issuance of the writ of possession for specific infrastructure projects in the region.

In moving for the resolution, outgoing RDC Infrastructure Development Committee chairperson Glenn Anthony Soco said there is need to fast track infrastructure projects to address common problems in Metro Cebu. He also said that this is in accordance with Republic Act 10752 which seeks to hasten the implementation of government infrastructure projects by establishing guidelines for expropriation proceedings.

He. however, noted that road right-of-way (RROW) acquisition is the main reason for the delays in the implementation of the Department of Public Works and Highways of various infrastructure projects in the region.

He cited as example the widening of the road from Cansaga Bridge to Liloan, Cebu, which started in 2010 but is yet to be completed because of RROW issues. Soco said some components of the road widening project had to be terminated due to RROW issues.

“There’s a need to immediately finish the road widening of that road (Cansaga-Liloan) because it can definitely ease the traffic in going to northern Cebu and vice versa, and will complement the coming New Cebu International Container Port,” Soco said.

The RDC Central Visayas is the first to call for a special court for expropriation cases.