Third Quarter 2016
The third quarter of 2016 has been extra challenging for PHILJA. There were orientations, enhancement programs, a pre-judicature program, a special professorial lecture, ADR programs, and various special focus programs that kept us on our toes. On top of these, the staff continued with process mapping and plantilla rationalization, as well as the review and revision of the curriculum of the Academy.
We are happy to note that many regular programs were conducted this quarter – the Ninth Orientation Seminar-Workshop for 54 newly appointed sheriffs and process servers; the Judicial Career Enhancement Program for first level court judges from Regions I, II, II, IV, X and NCJR; the Career Enhancement Program for RTC sheriffs of Region VII and court social workers of Regions I, II, IV, and V; and the 39th Pre-Judicature Program.
Meanwhile, at the forefront of the special focus programs were the Competency Enhancement Trainings for judges, prosecutors, social workers, and law enforcement investigators. One program was on the Management of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children Cases, and two programs were on Trafficking in Persons Cases. These multi-sectoral programs were well-received by the participants and program partners as they saw a clearer picture of how the cases are being handled by the different offices involved.
PHILJA also had the following equally important special focus programs: Seminar-Workshops on Dangerous Drugs Law for judges, prosecutors, and law enforcers of Region III; Seminar-Workshop on Procedural, Substantive Laws and Jurisprudence on Intellectual Property for special commercial court judges of Regions I to V; Training-Seminar on the 2016 Revised Rules of Procedure for Small Claims Cases for first level clerks of court of Region VIII; Seminar on Financial Liquidation and Suspension of Payments Rules of Procedure for Court of Appeals justices in Cagayan de Oro and special commercial court judges and pairing court judges of Regions IX to XII; and Personal Security Training of judges.
In partnership with Metrobank Foundation, we also had the 13th Professorial Chair Lecture with Court of Appeals Justice Magdangal M. De Leon as the lecturer. He delivered a presentation entitled “Remedial Law as an Instrument to Promote Social Justice and Environmental Protection.” The venue of the lecture was jam-packed with captivated guests who found the presentation interesting and timely.
PHILJA continued to take part in the Enhanced Justice on Wheels Program (EJOW) through the Information Dissemination through a Dialogue between Barangay and Court Officials and the Mobile Court-Annexed Mediation (MCAM). The training teams and mediators went to Olongapo City, Tacloban City, and the Municipality of Catarman, Northern Samar this quarter.
The Program Management Office tapped PHILJA to conduct three batches of Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) Roll-out and five batches of the SPMS Trainers’ Training for selected lower court personnel. Furthermore, the Office of the Court Administrator sought PHILJA’s assistance in the Orientation and Training Seminar for judges and court decongestion officers of beneficiary courts from Judicial Regions XI, XII, IX, X, and XII.
While preparing for the assumption to position of the new PMCO Chief, Atty. Brenda Jay Angeles-Mendoza, the staff of the Philippine Mediation Center Office still went on full speed with the conduct of its Basic Mediation Course, and orientation and screening of prospective mediators and PMC Unit staff in Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. PMCO also had refresher/advanced courses for court-annexed mediators and Judicial Settlement Conference for Judges on Judicial Dispute Resolution. The mediation statistics of PMCO also continued to be impressive.
To maintain or even exceed this performance to date, PHILJA staff remained steadfast to their process mapping and plantilla rationalization commitments. Several meetings were conducted to identify hand-off points between concerned offices and issues that needed policy determination. The Curriculum Review Committee also had meetings to further thresh out the matters raised in the validation workshop with the Academic Council and the Plenary Assembly of the Corps of Professors and Lecturers.
All training programs scheduled this quarter were successfully conducted; and based on the evaluation sheets we collected, our participants found them profitable and worthwhile. Moreover, the judges and court employees who stayed in our Tagaytay training center gave excellent ratings for the facilities and service of our staff. Congratulations, PHILJA and PMCO!
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA