Second Quarter 2019
During the second quarter of this year, the Academy had its usual full calendar composed of the following: four Orientation Seminar-Workshops for newly appointed judges and court personnel from the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR), Regions I to VIII and X to XII; the 49th Pre-Judicature Program for lawyers contemplating a career in the bench; and five Career Enhancement Programs for different court personnel—First Level Court Sheriffs of the NCJR (Batch 1), Court Social Workers of Regions I to III (Round 2), Court Librarians, Court Interpreters of the NCJR, and First Level Clerks of Court of Regions XI and XII.
Quite a number of special focus programs were also held during this quarter such as: a Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases for Selected Judges and Branch Clerks of Court from the NCJR and Regions I to VIII, and Regions X to XII; a Seminar-Workshop for Judges on Cybercrime; and a Seminar-Workshop for Lawyers of the Court of Appeals (Cebu and Cagayan de Oro Stations) on the Philippine Competition Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
In addition, a Seminar-Workshop on Election Laws for Regional Trial Court Judges nationwide was likewise conducted. PHILJA also mounted six successful 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 in the following areas: Pampanga, Manila, Ilocos Norte, Iloilo, Legazpi and Palo, Leyte.
Representatives from the Philippine Competition Commission joined selected Court of Appeals Justices from the Cebu and Cagayan de Oro Stations in the Roundtable Discussion on the Philippine Competition Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
The Academy once again partnered with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in mounting here in the Philippines an international Panel Discussion: Knowledge Sharing on Constitutions at Times of Political Crisis which was attended by foreign delegates, selected judges from the NCJR and representatives from the Office of the Court Administrator.
It also continued to perform its role in the Supreme Court Enhanced Justice on Wheels Program (EJOW) through the holding of the Information Dissemination through a Dialogue among Barangay Officials and Court Officials in the following places: the Municipalities of Bogo and Toledo in Cebu City, in the Municipality of Aparri, and the City of Tuguegarao in Cagayan province.
We likewise provided our usual assistance in the 20th National Convention and Seminar of the Sheriffs’ Confederation of the Philippines (SCOPHIL) with the theme “The Supreme Court: Stronger after the Storm” held in San Fernando, Pampanga and in the 12th National Convention and Seminar of the Process Servers Association of the Philippines (PROSAPHIL) with the theme “Judicial Success: Uphold and Solidify Processes of Law Professionally” which took place in Tagbilaran, Bohol.
The Academy, through the Philippine Mediation Center Office, held a series of activities in support of Alternative Dispute Resolution beginning with the Refresher/Advanced Courses for Court-Annexed Mediation for the Bohol and Negros Oriental Mediation Programs; an Orientation Conference with Stakeholders in Court-Annexed Mediation for the Occidental Mindoro Mediation Program; two Skills-based Judicial Settlement Conferences for Judges on Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) from the NCJR and Regions II, IV to V, and Regions VII and IX, respectively. Two Work Orientation and Skills Enhancement Seminars (WOSES) for PMCU staff in Luzon rounded off the activities of the PMCO for this quarter.
We also took note of the new rulings of the Supreme Court and its doctrinal reminders, resolutions, circulars and orders, as well as the circulars issued by the Office of the Court Administrator.
To our officials and staff whose usual good work and enthusiasm continue to make PHILJA one of the leading judicial training academies in the world today, thank you and congratulations.
I also wish to thank all our development partners for their material and moral support and for the trust and confidence they have in the Academy in pursuit of our common goal.
Thank you, too, to the Honorable Supreme Court, for the unwavering support and encouragement given to PHILJA and all our endeavors.
Finally, thanks to God Almighty for giving us strength and wisdom as we strive to do our part for an ever improving judiciary.
All the best.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA