Third Quarter 2018
This quarter saw the conduct of the following regular programs by PHILJA – the 82nd Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Judges from the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR) and Regions II and VII; the 38th Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Clerks of Court (nationwide); the 15th Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Sheriffs and Process Servers (NCJR and Regions I, IV to XII); the Second Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Newly Appointed Trial Court Employees (NCJR and Regions I to V); the Orientation Seminar-Workshop for Court Decongestion Officers of Beneficiary Courts of the Fourth Judicial Region; the 46th Pre-Judicature Program for judicial aspirants in Davao City; and the respective Career Enhancement Programs for Court Librarians (nationwide), for RTC Clerks of Court (Region IV) and RTC Sheriffs (Region X). Two batches of Career Development Programs for Court Legal Researchers from the NCJR and Regions III, IV, VI to VIII and X to XI rounded up these programs.
A number of special focus seminar-workshops were also carried out – a Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases for Selected Judges (Regions III to V); two Personal Security Trainings for Judges (Regions IV to VIII, and X to XII); a Seminar-Workshop for Judges on Cybercrime (NCJR); a Seminar-Workshop for Selected Judges on Financial Crimes and Money Laundering (Region VII); and a Seminar Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers (NCJR).
PHILJA also delivered the 10th Seminar-Workshop on Deposit Insurance, Banking Practices and Bank Conservatorship and Liquidation (Region XI and XII) and one Training on International Humanitarian Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers (Region XI). The Training Seminar on Special Issues on the Implementation of the Revised Guidelines for Continuous Trial of Criminal Cases continued its run with the delivery of seven batches in the NCJR and Regions I to XII.
The Academy also successfully piloted the Training of the Outcome-based Education Training for Judges, Court Personnel and Duty Bearers on Juvenile Justice (OBET-JJ) with the help of the Committee on Family Courts and Juvenile Concerns (CFJC) chaired by Chief Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro. A corresponding Training of Trainors was also held for the members of the CFJC and selected RTC judges and branch clerks of court.
We also assisted in the 20th National Convention and Seminar of the Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines (MetCJAP) held at the Blue Leaf Filipinas in Parañaque City.
PHILJA also continued to lend a hand in the Enhanced Justice on Wheels Program of the Court through the conduct of several Information Dissemination through Dialogues among Barangay Officials and Court Officials in Cagayan de Oro and Oroquieta City in Mindanao, as well as in Agoo, La Union and the Province of Benguet.
The Academy, through the Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO), also conducted a number of activities supporting Alternative Dispute Resolution such as a Refresher/Advanced Courses for Court-Annexed Mediators (Skills Enhancement Course) in the following areas: North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur; Cagayan de Oro, Marawi, Iligan, Bukidnon, Ozamiz and Zamboanga City; Negros Occidental and Panay; and Cebu, Zamboanga del Norte, Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna and Bataan.
In addition, the following activities were also held: a Judicial Settlement Conference for Judges on Judicial Dispute Resolution (Skills-based Course) for Regions I, II and V; an Orientation of Clerks of Court and Branch Clerks of Court on Judicial Dispute Resolution and an Orientation of Law Practitioners on Judicial Dispute Resolution (for Samar and Isabela participants) and an Orientation of Court Personnel and Law Practitioners on JDR (for Camarines Norte participants).
An Orientation on the Implementation of Mediation in the Court of Tax Appeals for CTA Justices and staff, selected mediators and PMC Unit Staff, and a Work Orientation and Skills Enhancement Seminar (WOSES) for PMC Unit Staff in Mindanao completed the PMCO’s list of trainings this quarter.
The PHILJA Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting was chaired by the newly appointed Chief Justice Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro. All members of the BOT graciously welcomed our new chairperson who, as former Chair of the Committee on Gender Responsiveness in the Judiciary (CGRJ) and the Committee on Family Courts and Juvenile Concerns (CFCJC), was no stranger to PHILJA.
To our officials and staff, keep up the good work and congratulations on reaching these continuing milestones.
To our development partners, thank you for your support as we pursue our common goals.
To the Honorable Supreme Court, we are very grateful for the affirmation of PHILJA and our training programs and activities.
And to God be the glory.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA