Fourth Quarter 2012
During this last quarter of the year, as we settled down in anticipation of the holidays and the end of yet another year, the Academy began wrapping up its activities for 2012.
Two orientation seminar-workshops were accomplished at this time, one each for newly appointed judges and clerks of court. Two Judicial Career Enhancement Programs for Regional Trial Court judges were also delivered, one in Region II and the other in Region VII.
Clerks of Court in the National Capital Judicial Region also participated in the Career Enhancement Program (Batch 3) for this quarter. Four batches of orientation seminar-workshops were likewise held for Executive and Vice-Executive Judges in Luzon, NCR, Visayas, and Mindanao. Court Legal Researchers also had their turn with the delivery of the Career Development Program for those assigned in Region IV. The Continuing Legal Education Program for Court Attorneys in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals (three batches and two batches, respectively) were held at the PHILJA Training Center in Tagaytay.
Roundtable Discussions on two timely concerns were also conducted— “Competition Policy and Law” (in partnership with the Department of Justice-Office for Competition) and “Knowledge Sharing on the Protection of the Rights of the LGBT Sector.” A Seminar-Workshop for the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Lawyers and Legal Officers was also mounted.
On November 12, your Chancellor delivered a presentation entitled, The Writ of Amparo: The Philippine Experience So Far for the First Founding Chancellor Emeritus Justice Ameurfina Melencio Herrera Award Lecture at the PHILJA Training Center in Tagaytay.
A number of seminar-workshops for the benefit of judges and other court personnel in different regions were likewise carried out as follows: Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases (ARMM. 18th Multi-Sectoral) and Court of Appeals Justices; Increasing Judicial Efficiency: Seminar-Workshop for Judges on the Effective Use of the Benchbook for Philippine Trial Courts (Revised and Expanded) for Regions X, XI, and XII (2 batches); Seminar-Workshop on CEDAW and Gender Sensitivity for Court of Appeals Employees in the Visayas and Mindanao Stations; Competency Enhancement Training for Judges and Court Personnel Handling Cases Involving Children in Regions IV and VII; Personal Security Training for Judges of Region VII and Mindanao; Seminar-Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Enforcement for Clerks of Court of Special Commercial Courts in the NCJR and other Stakeholders; Seminar-Workshop on Various Laws Relating to Court Technology for Judges in the Regions VI, VII, and VIII; Seminar-Workshop on Deposit Insurance, Banking Practices, and Bank Conservatorship, Receivership, and Liquidation and the Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of Region VIII.
Also closing the year were Information Dissemination through Dialogues among Barangay Officials and Court Officials — one in Quezon City and another in the Province of Cotabato.
The Academy, through the Philippine Mediation Center Office, also rounded up its calendar with the holding of several activities on Alternative Dispute Resolution such as Refresher/Advanced Courses for Court-Annexed Mediators under the Metro Manila, Zamboanga, and Cebu Mediation Programs, respectively. Three major convention-seminars were also accomplished, namely, the Philippine Judges Association Midterm Convention and Seminar with the theme PJA: Upholding and Strengthening Judicial Independence; the 19th National Convention-Seminar of the Philippine Trial Judges League, Inc., the theme of which was Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability—Hallmarks of the Philippine Trial Judges League, Inc.; and that of the Judiciary Association of Clerks of the Philippines on the theme JACOPHIL Continuing Commitment to the Pursuit of Excellence in Judicial Service.
Thank you and congratulations to our officials and staff for making 2012 one of our most fruitful years. Your dedication and love for your work are much appreciated.
Thank you, too, to our development partners for their constant support for and confidence in the Academy.
Finally, I wish to thank the Honorable Supreme Court and the Chief Justice and Associate Justices for the sustaining encouragement given to PHILJA and all its undertakings.All the best.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA