First Quarter 2019
2019 was ushered by a number of activities at the PHILJA Training Center (PTC) in Tagaytay, such as the 83rd Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Judges of the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR) and Regions I and II; the 17th Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Sheriffs and Process Servers of the NCJR and Regions I, III and XII; a Seminar for Executive and Vice Executive Judges from Luzon and Mindanao; two Career Enhancement Programs (CEP) for Lawyer-Clerks of Court of the NCJR (Batches 2 and 3, Round 3); one CEP for Court Interpreters of the NCJR (Batch 5); four Continuing Legal Education Programs for Court Attorneys of the Cagayan de Oro and Manila Stations of the Court of Appeals, respectively, the Sandiganbayan, and the Court of Tax Appeals. Two batches of Seminar-Workshops on Election Laws for Regional Trial Court Judges from Regions I to XII were also held at the PTC.
PHILJA also brought the following activities to Cebu City: the Seminar for Executive and Vice Executive Judges of the Visayas Region and the Continuing Legal Education Program for Court Attorneys of the Court Appeals stationed therein.
An Orientation and Seminar-Workshop for Court Decongestion Officers of Beneficiary Courts of the NCJR and Regions I and III, and the 48th Pre-Judicature Program were held in Manila.
The following special focus programs were brought and delivered by the Academy to various participants around the country: an Outcome-based Education Training for Judges, Court Personnel and Duty Bearers on Juvenile Justice participated in by judges, branch clerks of court, court social workers and social workers from the local government units, prosecutors and PAO lawyers from the NCJR and Region IV (Manila); a Seminar-Workshop for Judges on Cybercrime for those from Regions X to XII (Davao); a Seminar-Workshop for Selected Judges on Financial Crimes and Money Laundering for Judges of the NCJR (Makati); a Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of Regions I, II and III (Baguio City). Five successive Training Seminars on Special Issues on the Implementation of the Revised Guidelines on Continuous Trial of Criminal Cases and the Revised Rules of Procedure for Small Claims Cases were held in Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao City.
The 2019 PHILJA Founding Chancellor Emeritus Justice Ameurfina A. Melencio Herrera Award for the Most Outstanding Professorial Lecturer featuring Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio highlighted the events held at the PTC. SAJ Carpio gave the newest version of his popular lecture entitled “Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea.”
We also helped in the Regional Conference of the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Association of Women Judges and the 24th National Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) with the theme “Justice…in the Hearts of Women” which was held in Panglao, Bohol.
PHILJA also continued to support the Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (E-JOW) Program with the conduct of the Information Dissemination through Dialogue among Barangay Officials and Court Officials and the Mobile Court-Annexed Mediation in Sorsogon City and Masbate City.
The Academy, through the Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO), had a number of activities in support of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as a Refresher/Advanced Course for Court-Annexed Mediators (Skills Enhancement Course) for Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon Mediation Programs for mediators from the said areas and one for the Cagayan and Isabela Mediation Programs for those assigned therein.
We also continued taking note of new rulings of the Supreme Court and kept up with the doctrinal reminders, as well as newly issued Court orders, resolutions, and circulars in our website. We took note of new OCA circulars as well.
In closing, I would like to thank our dependable officials and staff, our corps of professors and lecturers, as well as our program partners for giving their best to the Academy. Special thanks to Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin and the Supreme Court for the unfading support for PHILJA. Finally, thanks to God for all these fruitful activities.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA