Fourth Quarter 2014
These last three months saw us wrapping up our activities for 2014. I am happy to note that we were able to finish most, if not all, of the projected activities in our calendar. During this quarter, we held the 4th and 5th Orientation Seminar-Workshops for Newly Appointed Sheriffs and Process Servers in Tagaytay City and Cebu City, respectively; a seminar for RTC Executive Judges, 1st-3rd Vice Executive Judges, Single Sala Court Judges of Luzon and the National Capital Judicial Region in Tagaytay City; and two Career Enhancement Programs for RTC Clerks of Court of the 7th and the 10th Judicial Regions in Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City, respectively. These completed our regular programs for the period.
For our Special Focus Programs, we had: the 11th Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lecture by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose C. Vitug on “Coping with the Changing Landscape in Civil Law” held at the Court of Appeals Auditorium; a seminar-workshop for Substantive Law and Jurisprudence on Intellectual Property in Cebu City for the Clerks of Court of Special Commercial Courts of Regions VI, VII, and VIII and Selected Court Attorneys of the Court of Appeals of the Cebu City Station; and another on Procedural, Substantive Law and Jurisprudence on Intellectual Property for Selected Commercial Court Judges and Pairing Court Judges of the National Capital Region and the 1st to 5th Judicial Regions, in Pasay City. A roundtable discussion (RTD) was likewise held in Makati City on Issues and Concerns Relating to Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement.
Several seminar-workshops also took place, such as that on Strengthening Judicial Integrity and Rule of Law for Executive and Vice-Executive Judges of Regions VI, VII and VIII in Cebu City; one for Special Commercial Court Judges and Pairing Court Judges of the National Capital Judicial Region and First to Fifth Judicial Regions in Pasay City; one on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of the Fourth Judicial Region and one on Various Laws and Rules Relating to Money Laundering and Other Financial Crimes for Judges in the Fourth Judicial Region, both held in Palawan. A Competency Enhancement Training for Judges and Court Personnel Handling Cases Involving Children (Pasay City) and a Personal Security Training (PST) for Judges (Tagaytay City) were also held.
At the initiative of the Office of the Chief Justice, an “Overview of Investment Treaty Arbitration and the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Rules” which featured two lecturers of note, Ms. Meg Kinnear, ICSID Secretary General and Ms. Martina Polasek, ICSID Senior Legal Counsel/Team Leader, was delivered at the Supreme Court En Banc Session Hall in November.
Rounding up the year’s activities, PHILJA continued to assist in the Enhanced Justice on Wheels Program (EJOW) by delivering the segment on Information Dissemination through a Dialogue among Barangay Officials and Court Officials in the Cities of Malaybalay and Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental.
PHILJA also assisted in the successful Philippine Judges Association Midterm Convention in Albay with the theme “PJA: Triumph Over Adversities” and in the 21st National Convention Seminar of the Philippine Trial Judges League, Inc., (PTJLI), with the team “Advancing Justice Amidst Challenging Times,” in Aklan.
The Academy, thru the Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO), conducted a number of activities in support of Alternative Dispute Resolution, as follows: Refresher/Advanced Courses for Court-Annexed Mediators for the Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Cavite, and Rizal Mediation Programs (Tagaytay City) and the Metro Manila Mediation Programs (Manila).
We took note of the new rulings, doctrinal reminders and recent resolutions, circulars and orders from the Supreme Court as well as the Office of the Court Administrator.
To our officials and staff, thank you for giving your best to the Academy. This made 2014 one of our strongest years.
To our development partners, thank you for the steadfast assistance to us for the attainment of common goals.
To the Supreme Court, we cannot thank you enough for your trust and solid support for all our trainings, programs, and activities.
The biggest thanks goes to the Almighty for having let us finish 2014 successfully.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA