Fourth Quarter 2017
The period from October to December 2017, covered by this issue, was full of productive activities.
There were two Orientation Seminar-Workshops for Newly Appointed Clerks of Court (the 35th and 36th); a Seminar for Executive and Vice Executive Judges; the respective Career Enhancement Programs for the Regional Trial Court Sheriffs of the Sixth Judicial Region, and for the Court Interpreters of the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR-Batch 2). There were also special focus programs ranging from the Competency Enhancement Training for Family Court Judges, Prosecutors, Social Workers and Law Enforcement Investigators on the Management of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (CET-OSEC) to that on Competency Enhancement Training for Judges and Court Personnel Handling Cases Involving Children (CET-Child); Personal Security Training for Judges; a Public Forum on Law and Economics; a Seminar-Workshop for Selected Judges on Financial Crimes and Money Laundering; and a Seminar Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of the First Judicial Region. Also done were the consecutive Trainings on the Interim Guidelines for the Direct Release and Administration of the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) for Lower Courts (Regions I-VIII and the NCJR); a Training Seminar on the Revised Guidelines for Continuous Trial of Criminal Cases (Regions III-IV and VI-VIII); and a Validation Workshop for the Revision of the Handbook for Sheriffs.
The Academy likewise held the following activities: a Round Table Discussion on Law and Economics on “Competition Policy: A Comparative Perspective” and the very successful 14th Metrobank Professorial Chair Lecture delivered by PHILJA Vice Chancellor Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Romeo J. Callejo, Sr. on “Judicial Accountability and Disciplinary Action: Now and Beyond (Presentation of a Group Work).”
Furthermore, the Academy assisted in the conduct of the following: the Annual Convention of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA); the 24th National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Trial Judges League, Inc., (PTJLI) and the 19th National Convention and Seminar of the Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines (MeTCJAP).
The Supreme Court, through the Academy, hosted, for the first time, the Eighth International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary (8th IOJT) on November 5-9 at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The Conference was a three-and-a-half-day of educational sessions and networking events which included a day trip to the PHILJA Training Center in Tagaytay City. The theme of the entire activity was “Judicial Education 2025 – Core Values and Future Innovations.” It was a hugely successful event with 178 participants from over 30 countries.
Our Philippine Mediation Center Office and field units, under the competent and able leadership of Atty. Brenda Jay Angeles-Mendoza, continued to provide the litigants the needed assistance in settling their cases through alternative dispute resolution methods and to train and accredit mediators in different parts of the country such as Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Abra, Ilocos, Mindoro, Palawan, Metro Manila, Samar, Leyte and Biliran.
We likewise took note of the new rulings, doctrinal reminders, resolutions, circulars and orders of the Supreme Court and pertinent OCA circulars.
In all these activities, the Academy saw the remarkable performance of its teams and personnel, doing their tasks with dedication and loyalty. Thank you all.
I also wish to thank all our development partners who unfailingly extended to us funding, expertise, sharing of best practices as well as the bonds of friendship.
Thank you, too, to the Honorable Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, and the Supreme Court, for the unstinting support and inspiration given to PHILJA in all its undertakings. The success of a Judicial Academy hinges on its support from the Chief Justice and the Highest Court, and PHILJA is truly fortunate in enjoying this crucial ingredient.
Finally, thanks to the Almighty for the blessings and graces needed to serve our people effectively.
Again, congratulations and thank you!
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA