Fourth Quarter 2013
In this last quarter, the following activities rounded up the Academy’s programs for 2013: the 68th Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Judges (Tagaytay City); two batches of the Career Enhancement Program for First Level Clerks of Court in Region IV (Tagaytay City); two Development Program Seminars for Court Legal Researchers in Regions II and VI held in the cities of Baguio and Tagaytay, respectively; two lectures in partnership with the Metrobank Foundation by way of the Academic Excellence Lecture Series in the Judiciary at the De La Salle University-Taft where Dr. Antonio G. M. La Viña spoke on Environmental Law; and the 10th Professorial Chair Lecture on “Internationalization of Philippine Territory: The Question of Boundaries” by Dean Merlin M. Magallona in the UP College of Law Auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City.
In addition, eight PHILJA Special Focus Programs were conducted: Seminar-Workshops on Substantive Laws and Jurisprudence on Intellectual Property for Selected Special Commercial Court Judges of the NCJR and Regions I to V (Manila) and for Selected Special Commercial Court Judges of Regions IX to XII and Selected Court Attorneys of the Court of Appeals (Cagayan De Oro City); two Seminar-Workshops on Strengthening Judicial Integrity and the Rule of Law, one for Executive Judges and Single Sala Court Judges of Region IV (Pasay City) and another for Executive and Vice-Executive Judges and Single Sala Court Judges of Region V (Naga City); the second Competency Enhancement Training for Judges, Prosecutors, Social Workers and Law Enforcement Investigators Handling Trafficking in Persons Cases (Tagaytay City); the Competency Enhancement Training for Judges and Court Personnel Handling Cases Involving Children (Manila); a Seminar-Workshop on Various Laws and Rules relating to Money Laundering and other Financial Crimes for Judges in the NCJR (Manila); the Validation Workshop on the Second Draft of the Helpbook on Combating Human Trafficking in the Philippines (Manila); two Seminars on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors, Law Enforcers, and IBP Members (Pangasinan and Mandaluyong); a CET Program Evaluation and Stress Management for PHILJA Facilitators and Trainors (Manila); and one Personal Security Training for Judges (Tagaytay City).
Furthermore, two Focus Group Discussions, one for Judges and another for selected Court of Appeals Justices on Problem Areas in Handling Intellectual Property Cases were held in Pasay City and Manila respectively. A Roundtable Discussion on International Best Practices on Tax Mediation was conducted in Quezon City. PHILJA assisted in no less than five convention-seminars for different organizations of judiciary employees as follows: the National Convention and Seminar of the Court Librarians Association of the Philippines (CLAPHIL), the theme of which was “Empowering Court Librarians for Lifelong Skills: Excellence, Creativity, and Challenges”(Bohol); the Philippine Judges Association (PJA) Annual Convention and Election of National Officers with the theme “Moving Fast, Moving Forward on Solid Ground”(Manila); the Silver Anniversary and National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE) (Manila); the National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Trial Court Judges League, Inc., (PTJLI) entitled “United and Stronger PTJLI @ 20…A Vital Partner in Nation Building”(General Santos City); and finally, the National Convention and Seminar of the First Level Clerks of Court Association of the Philippines “FLECCAP: Sustaining Integrity of the Judiciary Amidst Emerging Adversities”(Laoag City).
PHILJA also continued to support the Supreme Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (E-JOW) Program with the conduct of its Information Dissemination component through a Dialogue among Barangay and Court Officials and Mobile Court-Annexed Mediation (MCAM) during the EJOW Revisit in Malolos, Bulacan, at the height of typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013. Despite the heavy rains, the activity was well-attended and resulted in the release of 207 inmates. Medical and dental care was dispensed for 439 other inmates. A record 1,283 participants attended the Information-Dissemination program while 39 cases were submitted for mediation.
The Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO), in furthering Alternative Dispute Resolution, conducted its last Refresher/Advanced Course for Court-Annexed Mediators for the Metro Manila Mediation Program.
New rulings of the Supreme Court noted and reminders given on doctrinal rulings, as well as the newly issued Court orders, resolutions, and circulars including new OCA circulars, have been posted on our website http://philja.judiciary.gov.ph
The year has flown fast. As we close 2013, I would like to thank our ever-reliable officials and staff, our exceptional corps of professors and lecturers, as well as our generous program partners for giving their best to the Academy. Our special thanks too, to the Chief Justice and the Court En Banc for their solid support for all our programs and activities. Above all, we thank the God Almighty for making all these things possible.All the best.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA