Second Quarter 2012
During the second quarter of this year, the Academy took advantage of the lull before typhoon season began and had a full calendar of activities. Two successive Pre-Judicature Programs (25th and 26th) for lawyers contemplating a career on the bench were conducted. The Judicial Career Enhancement Program (JCEP) for Regional Trial Court Judges in Regions IV and VIII also took place, as did the Career Enhancement Programs for RTC Clerks of Court in Regions IV, V, VII and VIII. The 62nd Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Judges and a Career Development Program for Court Legal Researchers of Region III (Batch 1) were also accomplished at this time.
Quite a number of Special Focus Programs were also held during this quarter including an Orientation Seminar-Workshop on Comparative Analysis between the Family Code and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws; several trainings on the Small Claims Case Monitoring System; a couple of Seminar-Workshops for Judges, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Attorneys on the Effective Use of the Benchbook for Philippine Trial Courts (Expanded and Revised), as well as two Seminar-Workshops on CEDAW and Gender Sensitivity for Court of Appeals employees and lawyers in the Manila station.
In addition, a Seminar-Workshop for Court of Tax Appeals Lawyers, Tax Specialists and other Stakeholders and the Personal Security Training for Judges also took place. Seminar-Workshops for Special Commercial Court Judges in the NCJR and region IV and Regions I, II, III and V were also conducted.
PHILJA also had three successful Multi-Sectoral Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases and a number of Seminar-Workshops on the Rules of Procedure on Intellectual Property Cases for Judges, Prosecutors, and Clerks of Court in the NCJR and the 4th Judicial Region and several for Judges alone in the First, Second, Third and Fifth Judicial Regions.
A very well-received 4th ASEAN Awareness Course Program for Judges of Regions I-IV was also organized by the Academy in partnership with the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Transition Project (ARTIP Project) in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
A Focus Group Discussion on the Problem Areas in Commercial Law for Special Commercial Court Judges was held. The Academy also extended help in training Directors, Lawyers, and Legal Staff of the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) by holding a Career Enhancement Program for their benefit.
The Academy also performed its vital role in the Supreme Court Enhanced Justice on Wheels Program (EJOW) by holding the Information Dissemination through a Dialogue among Barangay Officials and Court Officials, as well as the Mobile Court Annex Mediation (MCAM) in the following cities: San Juan, Lipa, Calapan, and Navotas, as well as in the Municipality of Agoo and the Province of Benguet.
The 15th National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE) with the theme Unity and Harmony in Making a Difference in the Judiciary, the 9th Biennial National Convention and Seminar of the Court Legal Researchers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CLERAP), and the 7th National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Association of Court Interpreters, Inc. (PhilACI) were also held this quarter with our participation through requested numbers.
The Academy, thru the Philippine Mediation Center Office, generated a slew of activities in support of Alternative Dispute Resolution beginning with an Orientation and Screening of Prospective Mediators and PMC Unit Staff; A Skills-Based Judicial Settlement Conference for Judges on Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR); a Basic Mediation Course and a Pre-Internship Orientation and Meeting with Judges, Clerks of Court, Branch Clerks of Court, PMC Unit Staff and Mediator-Trainees in Court-Annexed Mediation (CAM) under the Quezon Mediation Program; a Training of Trainors (TOT) in Judicial Dispute Resolution and a Refresher/Advanced Course for Court-Annexed Mediation for the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Ozamiz, and Marawi.
To our officials and staff whose usual excellent work and enthusiasm continue to make PHILJA a leader in judicial training, thank you and congratulations.
I also wish to thank all our development partners for their unwavering support, trust, and confidence in the Academy in pursuit of our common goal.
Thank you, too, to the Supreme Court, for the steadfast support and encouragement given to PHILJA and all its endeavors.
Finally, thanks to the Almighty for the spring in our step and the joy in our hearts as we strive to do our part for a better judiciary.
All the best.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA