Third Quarter 2017
The period from July to September 2017, covered by this issue, was busier than usual as the Academy approaches the final stage of preparations for the Eighth International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary (IOJT) which will be held in the country for the first time on November 5 to 9, 2017 at the Shangri-la the Fort in Makati City.
Notwithstanding the additional workload, PHILJA proceeded with its regular programming as two Orientation Seminar-Workshops for newly appointed court personnel such as Judges (the 79th) and Sheriffs and Process Servers (the 12th) led the list of activities. Court librarians and court interpreters of the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR) also had their Career Enhancement Program (Batch 1), as well as the Sheriffs of the Regional Trial Courts from Region IV. The Court legal researchers also had their Career Development Program. The 43rd Pre-Judicature Program was likewise held for judicial aspirants and other lawyers seeking to complete their Mandatory Continuing Legal Education units for the latest compliance period.
There were also a number of special focus programs held this quarter such as the Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases for Selected Judges and Branch Clerks of Court; the Competency Enhancement Training for Judges, Prosecutors, Social Workers, and Law Enforcement Investigators Handling Trafficking in Persons Cases; the Ninth Seminar-Workshop on Deposit Insurance, Banking Practices and Bank Conservatorship and Liquidation; the Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of the National Capital Judicial Region; and the Seminar for Executive Judges and Vice Executive Judges.
Partnering with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Academy held the first Training on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for Judges, Prosecutors, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Zamboanga City. The Training Seminar on the Revised Guidelines for Continuous Trial of Criminal Cases has also been brought to the following regions: I, II, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII as well as the NCJR.
A highly successful Asian regional Roundtable Discussion (RTD) on Knowledge Sharing on Judicial Ethics, Integrity and Accountability was conducted in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
Our Philippine Mediation Center Office and its field units continued to provide the parties 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 Negros Oriental and Bohol in the Visayas and Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon in the Bicol region.
We gave our usual support to the Court’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) Program through the holding of the Information Dissemination through a Dialogue between Barangay Officials and Court Officials in the Cities of Laoag and Vigan up north, as well as in the Provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato down south.
We likewise 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. The same was done for new OCA circulars.
In all these activities, I wish to thank all of our staff for their usual dedication to duty. Their hard work are much appreciated.
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 and 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.
All the best.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA