Information Dissemination Through a Dialogue Between the Barangay Officials and the Chief Justice with Other Court Officials
The Philippine Judicial Academy, in partnership with the Committee on Justice on Wheels, Local Government of Mati, Davao Oriental, and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Mati Chapter, successfully held the Information Dissemination through a Dialogue between the Barangay Officials of the City of Mati and the Chief Justice with other Court Officials on March 18, 2010, at Baywalk Hotel, Mati City.
Among the topics discussed during the Information Dissemination Campaign were Land Registration, Environmental Laws, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA), Overview of Court-Annexed Mediation and Judicial Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, Barangay Protection Order under RA 9262, Diversion under RA 9344, and other topics pertinent to the needs of the participants. A workshop and an open forum were also conducted after the lectures. Participants were barangay officials mostly from the City of Mati and other nearby municipalities in the province of Davao Oriental.
Justice Mariano del Castillo, chairman of the JOW Committee, was actively involved in the program. He delivered an inspirational message before the start of the lectures where he mentioned that JOW is one of the projects of the Chief Justice. He also initiated the Launching of Justice on Wheels, Court-Annexed Mediation, medical and dental mission and jail visitation activities which were done simultaneously with the information dissemination campaign. During the closing ceremony, Court Administrator Midas Marquez happily informed the participants that 71 inmates of Mati were just released through the JOW program. This pronouncement was met with astounding warm applause that filled the auditorium.
The Provincial and City Governments of Mati, led by Governor Corazon Malanya-on and Mayor Michelle Rabat, pledged their support for this endeavor.