Aside from the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Catanduanes, the newly-inaugurated building of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Virac will also serve as the home of three other offices under the department.

The provincial offices of the Public Attorney’s Office and the Parole and Probation Administration will occupy smaller portions of the building while the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will also be given a room.

A source told the Tribune that then Mayor Samuel Laynes increased the lot area granted to the DOJ building from the requested 500 square meters to 700 square meters on the assurance that the NBI will be granted space for its field office in Catanduanes.

Last Aug. 18, 2021, Provincial Prosecutor Mary Jane Zantua led Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento Jr. and Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla in inaugurating the edifice, with Fr. Paul Isorena sprinkling holy water on the prosecutors’ offices on the ground floor, the second floor which will house the PAO, PPA and NBI, and the roof deck.

With the entire event broadcast on Facebook live, a ten-minute video presentation featured messages from 41 national and local officials and personalities including Vice President Leni Robredo, Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento, Regional Prosecutor Mary May de Leoz, PPA regional director Amy Helconida Sarmiento, Prosecutors League of the Philippines president Irwin Maraya, FEU Law Dean Mel Santa Maria, Governor Joseph Cua, RTC Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras, former Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes, Panganiban Mayor Cesar Robles, Pandan Mayor Honesto Tabligan II, Virac MTC Judge Myra Mangente, DPWH District Engineer Gil Augustus Balmadrid, 1st MCTC Bato-San Miguel Judge Francisco Torres Jr., EBMC hospital chief Dr. Vietrez Abella, Provincial Tourism Officer Carmel Garcia, Virac police chief Maj. Antonio Perez, as well as several RTC judges, regional and provincial prosecutors from Bicol and other parts of the country.

Also present were PAO chief Atty. Ruel Borja and PPA chief probation and parole officer Cicero Dulong.

It may be recalled that for decades, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor occupied a section of the Hall of Justice within the Provincial Capitol compound.

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Source: The Catanduanes Tribune Facebook Page

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