First Quarter 2017
PHILJA began 2017 as usual after a good run in 2016. For starters, there were four consecutive Orientation Seminar-Workshops as follows: one for Newly Appointed Judges (the 77th); one for Newly Appointed Clerks of Court (the 33rd); one for Newly Appointed Sheriffs and Process Servers (the 11th); and an Orientation Training and Seminar for Court Decongestion Officers of Beneficiary Courts in the Third and Fourth Judicial Regions as well as in the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR).
The 41st Pre-Judicature Program (PJP) and two Career Enhancement Programs—one for Clerks of Court of the 11th and 12th Judicial Regions (Round 3), and one for Regional Trial Court Sheriffs of the Third Judicial Region—completed the regular programs for this quarter.
By way of our special focus programs, the following activities were held: Capacity Building on Environmental Laws and the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases for Selected Judges and Branch Clerks of Court of Regions III, V to XII; Training on Republic Act No. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations for Sandiganbayan Justices, Court Attorneys, and Court Personnel; and two Curriculum Review Module Development Consultations, one with the PHILJA Department Chairs and Members of the Corps of Professors, and another with the Justices of the Court of Appeals in the Cebu and Cagayan de Oro stations.
In addition, the Academy also conducted the Second Training of Trainers (TOT) on the Competency Enhancement Training (CET) and Advanced Competency Enhancement Training (ACET) against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Programs for Judges, Prosecutors, Legal Researchers, Social Workers and Law Enforcement Investigators Handling Trafficking in Persons Cases, as well as the Fourth ACET-TIP Seminar-Workshop for the NCJR judges at the PHILJA Training Center in Tagaytay City.
In March, in celebration of the National Women’s Month, we partnered with the Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) for the conduct of their 22nd National Convention and Seminar held in the Vigan Convention Center in Ilocos Sur with the theme “Judges beyond Borders.”
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 in the province of Marinduque and in Mauban, Quezon.
The Academy, through the Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO), conducted a number of activities in support of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as the Refresher/Advanced Course for Court-Annexed Mediators (Skills Enhancement Course) for the Isabela and Cagayan Mediation Program; and the Orientation Conference with Stakeholders on Court-Annexed Mediation for the Mediation Programs in the following areas: Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Abra and Masbate.
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. We also took note of new OCA circulars.
In closing, I would like to thank our officials and staff for having done their tasks with dedication and cheerfulness. Thank you, too, to the Honorable Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno and the Supreme Court for the continuing full support and inspiration given to PHILJA in all its undertakings.
All the best.
(Sgd.) ADOLFO S. AZCUNA