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The Puerto Princesa Green Justice Zone (PPCGJZ), part of an initiative of the Supreme Court to address key justice issues around the country, has received support from various agencies including the city government.

Led by the Palawan judiciary, the PPCGJZ successfully conducted a two-day meeting on May 16-17 to strengthen coordination among various government agencies participating in the project.

Judge Jocelyn Sundiang Dilig, convenor of the PPCGJZ, said she was pleased with the progress they have made since their creation in 2022, particular with the full support of the city government through the passage of an ordinance formalizing its establishment and allocating funds for it.

“The city government passed an ordinance, kinikilala tayo and binigyan tayo ng funding,” Judge Dilig said.

She added that they have strengthened coordination between the judiciary and key government agencies including the DILG, the DOJ and the DENR.

“So far, we’ve managed to coordinate with all the agencies concerned – the judiciary, DILG, DOJ, and DENR. The major accomplishment is the ordinance of the city government,” she said.

Dilig also expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will expand its project to cover the entire province of Palawan considering the many environmental issues that need to be addressed.

“Definitely mag-eexpand yan to cover the whole province kasi a lot of environmental issues nasa province,” she said.

The PPCGJZ stands as the first and only green justice zone among the 12 formations created by the Supreme Court in various parts of the country.
Judge Rohima Sarra, presiding judge of MTCC Branch 2, explained that the committee’s goal is to establish a Memorandum of Understanding among these agencies to overcome obstacles and align the plans of each office.

“We expect that yung mga agencies involved in the Green Justice Zone would really be able to coordinate with one another, so yung mga hindrances from our coordination ay ma thresh out namin, and we can already have a memorandum of understanding para ma harmonize naman ang gagawin namin with each office,” Sarra stated.

The PPCGJZ aims to participate in existing programs addressing environmental issues and is already planning additional activities aligned with the objectives of the Green Justice Zone.