First Quarter 2012
The first quarter of 2012 opened with the 61st Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Judges followed by two batches for the Career Development Program for Court Legal Researchers of the NCJR and the Career Enhancement Program for the RTC Clerks of Court of Region 3.
Special Focus Programs, including several trainings on the Small Claims Case Monitoring System, the seminar workshops for Judges on the Effective Use of the Benchbook for Philippine Trial Courts (Expanded and Revised) and on Combating Human Trafficking in the Philippines, were also accomplished during this period.
Two Focus Group Discussions were likewise done; one was on Asset Recovery as an Anti-Corruption Tool with visiting British judge Michael Hopmeier giving an excellent presentation of U.K. law and practice on the matter. The other was a Stakeholders Focus Group Discussion on Problem Areas in Taxation.
We continued to assist the Supreme Court Enhanced Justice on Wheels Program (EJOW) through the holding of the Information Dissemination through a Dialogue among Barangay Officials and Court Officials in Nueva Ecija and Zambales.
Philja also conducted a Capacity Building Seminar on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases for the Court of Appeals and the 12th Multi-Sectoral Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases.
A convention seminar with the theme Women Judges: 25 Years of Upholding Judicial Independence, the Rule of Law and Women Rights was conducted in celebration of the 25th year of the Philippine Women Judges Association. A convention seminar for the Philippine Association of Court Social Workers, Inc., (PACSWI) was also held.
On the Alternative Dispute Resolution front, the Academy mounted an Orientation Conference with Stakeholders on Court-Annexed Mediation in the province of Quezon and held several Work Orientation and Skills Enhancement Seminars for our PMC Unit staffs in different parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. A Pre-Internship Orientation in Appeals Court Mediation (ACM) was done for Justices, Clerks of Court, Court Personnel, Trained Mediators and PMC Unit Staff in the Court of Appeals in Cebu City.
The dedication, industry and training of all our staff and personnel were once more evident in the conduct of these activities. Congratulations and thank you to all.
I also wish to thank all our development partners for their financial support as well as for the trust and confidence they have in the Academy in pursuit of our common goal. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the American Bar Association–Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), the Child Protection Unit Network (CPU-NET), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The Asia Foundation and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, are deserving of our deepest appreciation.
Thank you, too, to the Honorable Chief Justice, Renato C. Corona and the Supreme Court, for the tireless support and encouragement given to PHILJA and all its undertakings.
Finally, thanks to the Almighty for the blessings and graces needed to serve our people effectively.
All the best.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA