Capitol waits for ruling on Tesda case

05/18/10 - THE Capitol will wait for the Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 16's decision on the motion by the Solicitor General on the contested lot of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda) before making any legal moves.

Capitol legal officer Marino Martinquilla said the province maintains its ownership claim on the Tesda lot in barangay Lahug, Cebu City despite the Solicitor General's position that the agency owns the property.

“The SolGen was just asked by the court to give their reply just like us. We will just await the decision of the court as we have already stated our position on the issue,” Martinquilla said.

The Provincial Board (PB) filed a resolution calling on the Ombudsman to investigate Tesda on reports that P1 billion in arrears were owed by accredited skills training centers in Cebu and the rest of the country.

The resolution authored by Board Member Victor Maambong said the arrears have pushed these skills centers into bankruptcy.

The reports surfaced early this year.

“To place this skills training program that has achieved laudable results for the country's youth in jeopardy is (to endanger) the future welfare of our country's manpower pool and the country's development,” the resolution read.

Earlier on, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) confirmed that Tesda is the “absolute, legal and registered” owner of a 1.9-hectare lot in Cebu City being claimed by the Capitol.

In a memorandum submitted before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16, the OSG also asked the court to deny the appeal submitted by the Cebu provincial government.

The Capitol elevated its appeal to the RTC Branch 16 after losing its case against Tesda before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC).

The Capitol questioned the validity of the deed of donation issued by then Cebu Gov. Osmundo Rama on Feb. 16, 1973 because it was addressed to the now-defunct National Manpower Youth Commission (NMYC).

The Tesda compound is located alongside the prime commercial lots at the Asiatown I.T. Park.

The lot is also located along a busy road interesection of Salinas Drive in barangay Apas and Archbishop Reyes Avenue in barangay Banilad. (CDN)

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