Third Quarter 2012
It was a busy third quarter for PHILJA with the conduct of our various regular programs — the 27th Pre-Judicature Program; the 23rd Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Clerks of Court; the Judicial Career Enhancement Program for two batches of Regional Trial Court Judges of the NCJR; the Career Enhancement Programs for RTC Clerks of Court in Regions I and VI and that for Clerks of Court of Region X and the NCJR; the Career Development Program for Court Legal Researchers of Region III and IV; and Seminar-Workshops for Executive and Vice Executive Judges in Luzon and the NCJR.
Heavy monsoon rains notwithstanding, the Academy, in partnership with the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and the Ateneo de Davao University College of Law, held the 2nd Academic Excellence Lecture Series in the Judiciary that featured yours truly as lecturer on “Updates in International Humanitarian Law: A Field Guide to the Basics.” We thank President Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J. and Dean Manuel Quibod for allowing us to hold the well-attended program at the Ateneo de Davao campus.
Quite a number of special focus seminar-workshops were also carried out—Dangerous Drugs Law (Regions VI and VII); Special Commercial Courts (Regions VI to XII); Rules of Procedure on Intellectual Property Cases (Regions VI to XII and Court of Appeals-Cebu Station); CEDAW and Gender Sensitivity for Court of Appeals (Manila); International Framework for Court Excellence (Regions VI, VII, and VIII); and on Combating Cybercrime in the Philippines. A Facilitator’s Writeshop on Strengthening Judicial Integrity and Rule of Law Program for Single Sala Court Judges was also accomplished and a seminar on the same topic was subsequently conducted in Regions VI, VII, and VIII.
PHILJA also delivered the 16th (Region VIII) and the 17th (Regions IX and X) Multi-Sectoral Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases. The Personal Security Training for Judges also continued its run. A series of activities under the Competency Enhancement Training in the Law on Trafficking in Persons consisting of an Experts’ Critique on the Competency Enhancement Training Program for Judges, Prosecutors, Police Investigators and Social Workers Handling TIP Cases and a Training of Trainors (TOT) on the same topic were likewise concluded during this period. This project was done in partnership with the International Justice Mission (IJM).
A Focus Group Discussion on the Problem Areas in Handling Cybercrime Cases and another one on the LGBT Sector, as well as a Roundtable Discussion on Laws, Rules, and Trends for the Protection of Women’s and Children’s Rights were also mounted.
The Academy extended its training expertise to lawyers in the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) by conducting a Seminar-Workshop on Judicial Writing for their benefit.
An Orientation Seminar-Workshop on Comparative Analysis between the Family Code and the Code of Muslim Personal Laws and the 14th Convention-Seminar of the Metropolitan and City Judges Association were also held this quarter.
Despite its full calendar, PHILJA continued with several Information Dissemination through Dialogues among barangay officials and court officials in the provinces of Northern Samar, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental as well as in the Cities of Mandaue and Toledo in Cebu.
The Academy, through the Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO), also conducted a number of activities supporting Alternative Dispute Resolution such as a Skills-Based Course on Judicial Settlement Conference for Judges on Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR); an Orientation on JDR for Clerks of Court and Branch Clerks of Court including Public Prosecutors, Public Attorneys and Law Practitioners; Specialized Mediation Training: Skills-Building Seminar-Workshop for Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) Mediator-Trainees and Lawyers of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-Office of the General Counsel and Legal Services (OGCLS).
Refresher/Advanced Courses for Court-Annexed Mediators were also held in various parts of the country where Mediation Programs are in place, such as Leyte, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Tuguegarao, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bacolod, Panay, Benguet, Pangasinan, and La Union.
We also had our first PHILJA Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting with the newly appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno. All members of the BOT graciously welcomed our new chairperson. Chief Justice Sereno is no stranger to PhilJA as she is one of our notable lecturers in various programs.
Finally, we also hosted visitors from the Nepalese Judiciary and the Nepal Judicial Academy during their Study Tour and Knowledge Sharing Activity in the Philippines in September. They made a courtesy call on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno and visited the Academy and other key offices of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. The six-person delegation, headed by Nepal Supreme Court Associate Justice Kalyan Shrestha, also spent time at the PhilJA Training Center in Tagaytay City, before flying to Cebu to observe the EJOW Program in Mandaue and Toledo.
To our officials and staff, keep up the good work and congratulations on these continuing milestones.
To our development partners, thank you for your support as we pursue our common goals.
To the Honorable Supreme Court, we are very grateful for the affirmation of PHILJA and our trainings, programs, and activities.
A closing thought: “Que tus sueños sean màs grandes que tus miedós.” May your dreams be bigger than your fears.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA