Second Quarter 2014

Justice Azcuna

For this second quarter, a total of nine training program activities (TPAs) under five Regular PHILJA Programs took place as scheduled. Of the six which were held at the PHILJA Training Center in Tagaytay City, three were Judicial Career Enhancement Programs for selected RTC Judges of Regions I-III, IV-VI and VIII-XII respectively; one was a Career Enhancement Program for RTC Clerks of Court coming from Region II; and two were Career Development Programs for Court Legal Researchers belonging to Regions IX and XII. The 33rd Pre-Judicature Program, as well as a Seminar for Executive Judges of Luzon and the NCJR, took place in Manila; while the Career Enhancement Program for RTC Clerks of Court for Regions IX and XII was held in Cebu City.

On the other hand, eight TPAs under our Special Focus Programs were delivered at different places in the country: three seminar-workshops for Judges on Various Laws and Rules Relating to Money Laundering and Other Financial Crimes were held in Cagayan de Oro City (Region X), Laoag City (Regions I and II), and Pampanga (Region III). A seminar-workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcers of the Second Judicial Region was conducted in Tuguegarao City.

A Program Evaluation and Validation Workshop on the Competency Enhancement Training for Family Court Judges and Court Personnel Handling Cases Involving Children and its corresponding TPAs were both held in Manila; while a seminar-workshop on Strengthening Judicial Integrity and Rule of Law for Executive Judges of the National Capital Judicial Region was held in Pasay City. The Personal Security Training for Judges (PST), a program that aims to train trial court judges on the basics of safety and security precautions, was delivered for selected Judges of Region I at the PTC in Tagaytay.

PHILJA also lent a hand to various court employees associations in the holding of their respective convention-seminars such as: the 10th Biennial National Convention and Seminar of the Court Legal Researchers Association of the Philippines (CLERAP), Inc., denominated as Court Legal Researchers as Partners towards a Reformed Judiciary in Ilocos Norte; the 7th National Convention/Seminar and Election of National Officers of the Court Stenographers Association of the Philipppines (COSTRAPHIL) in Tagbilaran City, the theme of which was Upholding the Court’s Integrity with the Highest Degree of Professionalism through an Honest, Accurate and Authentic Record of Court Proceedings; the 8th National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Association of Court Interpreters, Inc. (PHILACI) in Bacolod City billed as Court Interpreter: Fervently and Competently Serving in the Dispensation of Justice; and finally the Convention and Seminar of the Judiciary Association of Clerks of the Philippines (JACOPHIL) in Iloilo City on the theme Judiciary Clerks Moving Towards Efficiency and Development.

Our Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) activities continued with the holding of various Information Dissemination Through a Dialogue Among Barangay and Court Officials in the cities of Ilagan and Santiago in Isabela province and in Iligan, Lanao del Norte.

Pursuant to its task of strengthening Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO) continued with the delivery of its various programs in different parts of the country as follows: four Panay and Bacolod Mediation Programs, such as the Refresher/Advanced Course for Court-Annexed Mediators held in Iloilo City, the Judicial Settlement Conference for Judges on Judicial Dispute Resolution (Skills-based Course on JDR); and the respective Orientation programs for Public Prosecutors, Public Attorneys, and Law Practitioners, and for Clerks of Court and Branch Clerks of Court, also on Judicial Dispute Resolution. These last two programs were likewise held in Tacloban City.

In addition, the Basic Mediation Course and the Pre-Internship Orientation and Meeting with Judges, Clerks of Court, Branch Clerks of Court, Mediation Trainees, and PMC Unit Staff were both conducted in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte (Zamboanga del Norte Mediation Program) and in Daet, Camarines Norte (Camarines Norte Mediation Program).

An Orientation Conference with Stakeholders on Court-Annexed Mediation was held in Camarines Norte for the benefit of its Mediation Program. In Tagaytay City, a Work Orientation and Skills Enhancement Seminar (WOSES) for PMC Unit Staff was likewise delivered.

Furthermore, PHILJA mounted two Roundtable Discussions for this period: one on Substantive Laws and Jurisprudence on Intellectual Property for Court of Appeals Justices (Batch 1 in Camarines Norte and Batch 2 in Cebu City), and the other on Issues and Concerns Relating to Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement done in Makati City.

Selected new rulings of the Supreme Court and reminders given on doctrinal rulings, as well as newly issued Court orders, resolutions, and circulars including those coming from OCA, were posted as usual on our website

These are interesting times to be working in the judiciary. As a former mentor used to say, it is at times like these that we must dig deeply and stand firmly. We keep our head above the water as we do what we are tasked to do.

I would like to salute everyone for doing an excellent job in their respective roles in the Academy. Thanks, too, to the Chief Justice and the Court En Banc for their unstinting support for all our undertakings. Above all, we thank God Almighty for making all these things possible.

All the best.


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