Palace: No budget request from SC for e-courts

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

MALACANANG clarified on Saturday that the Supreme Court did not make requests to fund its e-courts in 2014 and 2015 so the budget department was not able allocate money for the project.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said this week that the executive department did not earmark budget for e-courts. She also raised the issue on the smaller allocation for the SC.

But in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the SC did not submit funding request for the e-courts for 2014 and 2015.

"Ang meron po tayong datos ay 'yung sinuportahan po natin ang Supreme Court doon sa kanilang naging hiling na pag-implement ng information technology project nila o 'yung EISP (Enterprise Information Systems Plan)," she said.

The EISP aims to digitize Supreme Court processes to speed up litigation of cases, said Valte.

A five-year program, the EISP is to be implemented from 2010 to 2015 with a total project cost of P774.6 million, she said.

"Ito ang sinuportahan ng administrasyon, at kung ano ang ni-request nilang funding for that, naibigay naman po," she said.

Valte also said that under the Aquino administration, the budget for the judiciary has been increasing.

"I think 'yung sa atin, makikita rin 'yung suporta ng administrasyon para naman sa judiciary. Kasi may increase na P943.084-million para naman po doon sa kanilang budget for 2015 over the 2014 budget level of the Supreme Court. So parang doon po sa ating nakikita ay tumataas—at least, under this administration—ay patuloy naman po 'yung nagiging increase, 'yung suportang ibinibigay para sa mga kasamahan naman po natin sa judiciary," she said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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