Fourth Quarter 2018

Justice Azcuna

These activities rounded up the Academy’s last quarter of 2018:

Regular programs—the 16th Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Sheriffs and Process Servers nationwide (PHILJA Training Center [PTC] in Tagaytay City); the Third Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Court Stenographers from the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR) and Regions II to XII (Manila); three successive Orientation Seminar-Workshops for Court Decongestion Officers of Beneficiary Courts (Davao, Cebu and Manila, respectively); a Seminar for Executive Judges and Vice Executive Judges from the NCJR and Regions I to IV (in Manila); four Career Enhancement Programs (CEP) for RTC Clerks of Court of Regions I, II and V (Round 3); plus those for the Regional Trial Court Sheriffs of Regions IX and XII and for Lawyers-Clerks of Court of NCJR (Batch 1, Round 3) at PTC, Tagaytay City; and four batches of the Continuing Legal Education Program for Court Attorneys of the Supreme Court. (PTC, Tagaytay City).

Eight special focus programs—Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases for Selected Judges and Branch Clerks of Court of Regions II, IV and V (PTC, Tagaytay City); a Personal Security Training for Judges of Regions I to IV and X (PTC, Tagaytay City); a Seminar on Election Laws for Selected Regional Trial Court Judges nationwide (in Manila); two Seminar-Workshops for Court of Appeals Lawyers on the Philippine Competition Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (Manila); a Seminar-Workshop on Cybercrime for Judges from Regions VI to IX (in Cebu City); a Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of Region V (in Legazpi City); a Training on International Humanitarian Law for Judges, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcement Officers from Regions X and XII (in Cagayan de Oro City); and a series of Training Seminars on Special Issues on the Implementation of the Revised Guidelines for Continuous Trial of Criminal Cases for Judges, Prosecutors and Public Attorneys (in CDO, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag City, Pasay City, Palo, Leyte and Dipolog City).

Furthermore, the 15th Metrobank Foundation Professsorial Chair Lecture on “Tax Principles and Remedies: Tools for Inclusive Growth, Development, Prosperity and Stability” by Court of Appeals Justice Japar B. Dimaampao was held at the Session Hall of the Supreme Court last October. PHILJA lent a hand in three convention seminars for different organizations of judiciary employees: the Philippine Judges Association Mid-term Convention with the theme “PJA: Forging Partnerships in the International Legal Communities” (in Tagaytay City); the National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Trial Court Judges League, Inc., titled “PTJLI: Celebrating 25 Years of Committed Leadership, Fostering Camaraderie and Independence” (in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan); and the National Convention and Seminar of the First Level Clerks of Court Association of the Philippines on “Embracing Changes, Conquering Challenges” (in General Santos City).

PHILJA joined the Supreme Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (E-JOW) Program with the conduct of the Information Dissemination through a Dialogue among Barangay and Court Officials and Mobile Court-Annexed Mediation (MCAM) in Kidapawan City, Province of North Cotabato attended by barangay officials from the area.

The Philippine Mediation Center Office, in furtherance of Alternative Dispute Resolution, conducted Refresher/Advanced Courses for Court-Annexed Mediators (Skills Enhancement Course): the Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Camarines Norte, and Pampanga Programs (PTC, Tagaytay City); the Samar, Leyte and Biliran Programs (in Palo, Leyte); the Benguet, Pangasinan, La Union, Aurora, and Quirino Programs (in Baguio City); and the Metro Manila and Nueva Vizcaya Mediation Programs (PTC, Tagaytay City). Two batches of Judicial Settlement Conferences for Judges were given: one Skills-based for Judges of the NCJR and Regions II to V (PTC, Tagaytay City) and another for Judges of Regions V to VII and X to XI (in Cebu City). An Orientation Seminar for Clerks of Court and Branch Clerks of Court on Judicial Dispute Resolution for Albay and Sorsogon (in Legazpi City) and an Orientation of Law Practitioners on Judicial Dispute Resolution for PAO and IBP lawyers and Philippine Mediation Center Unit staff from Albay and Sorsogon (in Legazpi City) were also held.

New decisions of the Supreme Court were noted and reminders given on doctrinal rulings, as well as on newly issued Court orders, resolutions, and circulars through our website We also took note of new OCA circulars.

As we close 2018, I 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. Special thanks too to our new Chief Justice, Lucas P. Bersamin, and to the Court En Banc for their solid support of all our programs and activities. Above all, thanks to God Almighty for making all good things possible.

All the best.


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