Manila Insurance v. sps Amurao
GR 179628 1-16-2013
J. Del Castillo
Suretyship - liability of surety
Sps. Amurao (Creditor/Obligee) entered into a Construction Contract Agreement (CCA) w/ Aegean Construction Devt Corp (Debtor/Obligor) for the construction of a 6-storey commercial bldg. To guarantee its full & faithful compliance w/the terms & conditions of the CCA, Aegean posted a performance bond by Manila Insurance Co. (Surety) & Intra Strata Assurance Corp. (Surety).
Due to failure of Aegean to comply w/the project, Sps. Amurao filed a Complaint vs. the Sureties to collect on the performance bond at the RTC QC. Manila Ins. filed a (motion to dismiss) M/D seeks to dismiss on ...view middle of the document...
IN ORDER FOR THE CIAC TO ACQUIRE JURISDICTION TWO REQUISITES MUST CONCUR: “FIRST, THE DISPUTE MUST BE SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT; AND SECOND, THE PARTIES MUST HAVE AGREED TO SUBMIT THE DISPUTE TO ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS.” IN THIS CASE, BOTH REQUISITES ARE PRESENT.
Section 4 of E.O. No. 1008 provides that:
SEC. 4. Jurisdiction. – The CIAC shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction over disputes arising from, or connected with, contracts entered into by parties involved in construction in the Philippines, whether the dispute arises before or after the completion of the contract, or after the abandonment or breach thereof. These disputes may involve government or private contracts. For the Board to acquire jurisdiction, the parties to a dispute must agree to submit the same to voluntary arbitration. The jurisdiction of the CIAC may include but is not limited to violation of specifications for materials and workmanship, violation of the terms of agreement, interpretation and/or application of contractual time and delays, maintenance and defects, payment, default of employer or contractor, and changes in contract cost. Excluded from the coverage of the law are disputes arising from employer-employee relationships which shall continue to be covered by the Labor Code of the Philippines.
. . . the issue of whether respondent-spouses are entitled to collect on the performance bond issued by petitioner is a “dispute arising in the course of the execution and performance of [the CCA] by reason of difference in the interpretation of the contract documents.”
The fact that petitioner is not a party to the CCA cannot remove the dispute from the jurisdiction of the CIAC...