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[ A.M. No. 99-2-44-RTC. February 23, 1999]

RE: DEFINITION OF TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF RTC, BR. 32.

EN BANC

Gentlemen:

Quoted hereunder, for your information, is a resolution of this Court dated FEB 23, 1999.

A.M. No. 99-2-44-RTC. (Re: Definition of the territorial jurisdiction of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 32, Lupon, Davao Oriental.)

Considering that the Province of Davao Oriental had three (3) RTC branches under B.P. 129 Branches 5 and 6, stationed at Mati (the capital), which exercised territorial jurisdiction over the whole province except the municipalities of Baganga, Boston and Cateel which are under Branch 7 with station at Baganga and with the enactment of Republic Act No. 7154, and RTC branch with station at Lupon was added (Branch 32), in view whereof, there is a need to re-define the territorial jurisdiction of the RTC at Mati since it is being proposed that the municipalities of Lupon, Banaybanay, Gov. Generoso and San Isidro shall be placed under the administrative supervision of the RTC at Lupon, the Court administrative supervision of the RTC at Lupon, the Court Resolved to:

(a) DESIGNATE the RTC, Branch 32, stationed at Lupon to have territorial jurisdiction over the municipalities of Lupon, Banaybanay, San Isidro and Gov. Generoso; and

(b) AMEND Administrative Order No. 7, series of 1983 under the paragraph "DAVAO ORIENTAL" to read as follows:

"DAVAO ORIENTAL"

"1. Brancjes 5 and 6, with seats at Mati - over the municipalities of Caraga, Manay, Mati and Tarragona.

2. Barncg 7, with seat at Baganga - over the municipalities of Baganga, Boston and Cateel.

3. Branch 32, with seat at Lupon - over the municipalities of Lupon, Banaybanay, Sam Isidro and Gov. Generoso."

Within thirty (30) days from date of the resolution on this administrative matter, cases originating from the municipalities of Lupon, Banaybanay, San Isidro and Gov. Generoso which are presently tried in the RTC of Mati shall be TRANSFERRED to the RTC, Branch 32, Lupon, Davao Oriental, subject to the following condition that where trial has already begun, the same shall continue to be heard by the respective branches in the RTC of Mati to which they have been assigned. A criminal case is considered to have begun when the accused or any of them has already been arraigned. IN a civil case, it is when pre-trial has already been conducted and a pre-trial order is issued." Vitug, J., is on official leave.

Very truly yours,

LUZVIMINDA D. PUNO

Clerk of Court


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