Second Quarter 2013
During the second quarter, PHILJA continued holding its trainings, programs, and activities at the PHILJA Training Center (PTC) in Tagaytay, such as: the 1st Orientation-Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Sheriffs and Process Servers; three separate Judicial Career Enhancement Programs or the JCEP for Regional Trial Court Judges from Regions VII, XII, and II, respectively; a Personal Security Training for Judges; several Orientations on Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) for Clerks of Court, Branch Clerks of Court, Public Prosecutors, Public Attorneys, and Law Practitioners respectively; a skills-based course on Judicial Settlement for Judges assigned in Batangas and Cavite; and a Work Orientation and Skills Enhancement Seminar (WOSES) for Philippine Mediation Center Unit Staff.
On June 13, the Global Distance Learning Center (GDLC) was also launched as part of the Supreme Court Anniversary celebration for this year. Coinciding with the launch was the second PHILJA Founding Chancellor Emeritus Justice Ameurfina A. Melencio Herrera Award for the Most Outstanding Lecturer featuring Justice Hilarion L. Aquino who delivered a presentation entitled “Revisiting Legal and Judicial Ethics: Challenges and Perspectives.”The well-received event was conducted via video-conferencing, for the benefit of selected participants at the En Banc Session Hall in the Supreme Court in Manila.
On the last week of June, the National Conference for the Revision of the Rules of Civil Procedure was likewise held at the PTC. It served as the culminating activity for the various consultations and dialogues with justices, judges, academicians, and other stakeholders previously held in the Ateneo Law School (Luzon), Cebu (Visayas), Davao (Mindanao), and SC En Banc Session Hall (for justices and court attorneys). The comments and recommendations gathered from the three regions were consolidated, evaluated, and integrated in the second draft of the Proposed Revisions of the Rules of Civil Procedure which was presented on the occasion.
In addition to these activities at the PTC, PHILJA also brought our programs to other regions such as the Career Enhancement Program for First Level Clerks of Court which took place in Laoag City for Regions 1 and 2; in Banilad City, Cebu, for Region VII; and in Palo, Leyte, for Region VIII. Meanwhile, the Career Development Program for Court Legal Researchers in Region 1 was held in Baguio City.
As to our Special Focus Programs, the following activities occurred around the country: several lecture fora on the New Judicial Affidavit Rule for Judges, Court Personnel, Prosecutors, Public Attorneys and IBP members in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Naga City, Dagupan City, and in Batangas City; Seminar-Workshop on Various Laws Relating to Court Technology for Judges in the Ninth Judicial Region in Zamboanga City; second batches of the Increasing Judicial Efficiency: Seminar-Workshop for Judges on the Effective Use of the Benchbook for Philippine Trial Courts (Revised and Expanded) in Naga City for Regions IV and V, and in Pampanga for Region III; Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcers of the Third Judicial Region in Angeles City, Pampanga.
In Manila, the Competency Enhancement Training for Judges and Court Personnel Handling Cases Involving Children was given in two batches. A Seminar on Election Laws for RTC Judges was also held in Manila. This quarter also saw the conduct of two conventions: the 9th National Convention and Election of Officers of the Process Servers Association of the Philippines in Iloilo City and the 17th National Convention and Seminar of the Sheriffs’ Confederation of the Philippines (SCOPHIL) in Baguio City.
PHILJA also continued to support the Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (E-JOW) Program with mediation of cases and the conduct of the Information Dissemination through Dialogue among Barangay Officials and Court Officials during the Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) caravans in Roxas City; Barotac Viejo in Iloilo; Tagbilaran City; Talibon, Bohol; Candon, Ilocos Sur; and Batac, Ilocos Norte.
The Academy, thru the Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO), conducted a number of activities in support of Alternative Dispute Resolution: a Refresher/Advanced Course for Court-Annexed Mediators for the Samar Provinces, Southern Leyte; Biliran Mediation Programs held in Palo, Leyte; Orientation of Clerks of Court and Branch Clerks of Court on Judicial Dispute Resolution for the Province of Rizal held in Antipolo City; and one for the Province of Batangas held in Batangas City. Orientations of Public Prosecutors, Public Attorneys, and Law Practitioners on Judicial Dispute Resolution were consecutively held in Antipolo City for the Province of Rizal, and in Batangas City for the province of Batangas. A Basic Mediation Course for the Bohol Mediation Program and a Pre-Internship Orientation and Meeting with Judges, Clerks of Court, Branch Clerks of Court, Mediator Trainees and PMCU Staff were held in Tagbilaran City. Two Orientation Conferences with Stakeholders on Court-Annexed Mediation were held in Legazpi City and Sorsogon City.
We likewise continued taking note of new rulings of the Supreme Court and kept up with doctrinal reminders as well as newly issued Court orders, resolutions, and circulars posted on our website. The same was done for new OCA circulars.
In closing, I thank the Supreme Court for giving us the honor and opportunity to serve the Judiciary; and our officials and staff for seizing this privilege with unwavering passion and dedication.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA