First Judiciary Budget Conference
The First Judiciary Budget Conference was conducted by PHILJA on February 6–8, 2014 at the PHILJA Training Center, Tagaytay City. There were 114 participants comprising selected executive judges of multiple and single sala courts nationwide; clerks of court of multiple sala courts; and selected Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals officials and court personnel. The activity aims to (a) provide the overall framework and priority thrusts of the Judiciary; (b) develop the guidelines and procedures in the preparation of the 2015 budget for each office/service/court in the Judiciary; and (c) set the schedule of the budget preparation activities within the Judiciary and prescribe the forms to be accomplished by the concerned offices/services/courts.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno presented the Policy Framework and Priority Thrusts of the Judiciary for 2015. Other presentations such as Overview of the Budget Process, Guidelines in the Preparation of the Budget, and How to Accomplish the Prescribed Template and Budget Calendar followed. In the afternoon session of the first day, participants were divided into five working groups for workshops that allowed them to work on their respective budgets based on the prescribed templates. The workshops continued in the morning session of the second day. Capping the two-day conference was a workshop validation and an open forum.