The Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC) met with various stakeholders on Wednesday to discuss the establishment of the world’s first “green justice zone” in Puerto Princesa, according to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
According to the SC, the green justice zone seeks to showcase the collaboration of the national and local governments for the efficient and effective delivery of justice in environmental protection and management of natural resources.
The SC said Associate JSCC chairperson and Associate Justice Maria Filomena Singh and more than 100 judges, prosecutors, lawyers, law enforcement officers, and non-government organizations attended the event.
Meanwhile, the court said Interior Undersecretary Lord Villanueva, Justice Assistant Secretary Randolph Pascacio, and Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna also expressed their support.
The JSCC comprises the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
In a separate statement, the DOJ said Justice spokesperson Mico Clavano introduced the JSCC during a regional conference in Bangkok, Thailand, which was attended by representatives from ASEAN member countries.
“We are proud of the innovative work being accomplished by the JSCC in the Philippines, and we are thrilled to have this platform to share our strategies with other nations,” Clavano said.
“We are committed to continued collaboration with our international partners to address the shared challenge of transnational organized crime,” he added. — Joahna Lei Casilao/RSJ, GMA Integrated News