Competency Enhancement Training for Judges and Court Personnel Handling Child Abuse and Trafficking Cases
The Philippine Judicial Academy, Child Protection Unit, in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) conducted a Competency Enhancement Training in Handling Child Abuse and Trafficking Cases on 16-18 March 2010 at the A. Venue Suites, Antel Lifestyle, Makati City. This is the 17th among the series of CETs conducted by the Academy.
A series of lectures on Child Abuse were delivered by the distinguished speakers such as DCA Nimfa Vilches, Judge Rosalina Pison, Prof. Myrna Feliciano, Dr. Bernadette Madrid and Atty. Katrina Legarda, among others. Video modules pertaining to the language of the child, use of testimonial aids and use of a Guardian Ad Litem were also shown. Workshop sessions followed the lectures. The PHILJA Chancellor mentioned in his Opening Remarks that this Competency Enhancement Training is one of the best trainings conducted by the Academy.
A total of seventy-six participants composed of judges, their clerks of court, social workers, court interpreters, prosecutors and PAO lawyers mostly from Metro Manila, successfully completed this three-day training.
To date, more than 90% of the total family courts have been trained. The last batch of family courts will be trained, covering family court judges and personnel nationwide.
Early next year, the CET training team is planning to start a new round of training, this time for all single sala court judges and personnel.