Creation of Philippine Mediation Center (PMC)
In a Resolution, dated December 15, 1999, in Administrative Matter No. 99-6-01, the Court authorized the pilot-testing of court-referred mediation in the first and second level courts in the cities of Mandaluyong and Valenzuela, through the Judicial Reforms Office (JRO) of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA). With the favorable success of the first pilot-testing, JRO embarked on a second pilot-testing in the cities of Makati, Pasay, and Quezon City. The third pilot-testing was conducted in the rest of Metro Manila and in selected cities in the provinces of Cebu and Davao.
From October 2000 to April 2001, the JRO conducted several trainings and workshops on mediation in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao, to wit: Basic Mediation Seminar Workshops on Mediation, Internship Programs, Refresher Courses, Advocates Forum, Mediation Conference and Workshops, and Settlement Weeks. The first set of trainees was accredited by the Court as Mediators.
In keeping with the policy declared in Section 1 of RA 85571 “to ensure an efficient and credible Judiciary” in relation to Section 3 of the same law mandating PHILJA “to perform such other functions and duties as may be necessary in carrying out its mandate,” consistent with one of the objectives of the Action Program for Judicial Reform (APJR), particularly the decongestion of court dockets, and the enhancement of access to justice; and towards the effective implementation of Section 2(a), Rule 18 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure, the Supreme Court, in a Resolution, dated October 16, 2001, in A.M. No. 01-10-5-SC-PHILJA, designated the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) as its component unit for court-referred, court-related mediation cases, and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, and ESTABLISHED THE PHILIPPINE MEDIATION CENTER (PMC).
Creation of PMC Units
Pursuant to its mandate under A.M. No. 01-10-5-SC-PHILJA, the PMC established, in coordination with the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), PMC Units in courthouses, and in such other places, as may be necessary. Each unit, manned by Mediators and Supervisors rendered mediation services to parties in court-referred, court-related mediation cases.
The same Resolution further states that the “operational control and supervision over PMC Units and Mediation Chapters with respect to court-referred, court-related mediation cases shall be with the Mediation Division of PHILJA, in coordination with the OCA.”
Establishment of Philippine Mediation Center Office (PMCO)
In a Resolution, dated February 12, 2008, in A.M. No. 08-2-5-SC-PHILJA, the Court approved the Administrative Order No. 33-2008 “Defining the Organization, Powers and Functions of the Philippine Mediation Center Office and Mediation Center Units.”
The Philippine Mediation Center Office is primarily responsible for the expansion, development, implementation, monitoring and sustainability of SC ADR mechanisms, namely, Court-Annexed Mediation (CAM), Appellate Court Mediation (ACM), Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR), Mobile Court – Annexed Mediation (MCAM), and eventually Court-Annexed Arbitration (CAA) and other Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, as well as the organization of PMC Units as it may deem necessary throughout the country. The PMC Units are under the operational control and supervision of PHILJA, in coordination with the Office of the Court Administrator, through the Executive Judges.
1 An Act Establishing the Philippine Judicial Academy
The acknowledged lead agency integrated within the Philippine Judicial System that actively promotes the acceptance and use of Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (SC-ADR) programs by:
- rationally establishing and managing effective and efficient PMC units (and staff) nationwide
- engaging qualified, performing, and highly-motivated mediators and PMC staff
- developing ADR programs and initiatives that are both relevant and sustainable
- generating and utilizing to the optimum ADR resources (research & policy materials, funds & other means of support), and thereby,
- enabling the parties themselves to resolve the disputes brought to the courts, resulting in the decongestion of court dockets, fostering party autonomy, and enhancing access to justice.
To help empower disputing parties reach mutually acceptable solutions by providing efficient and effective Court-Annexed Mediation (CAM), Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR), Appeals Court Mediation (ACM) and other court-related/referred ADR services, including arbitration.
PMCO Executive Committee
The powers and authority of the PMC Office is exercised and vested in its Executive Committee, which is composed of the following:
|Chairperson||:||Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna, PHILJA Chancellor|
|Regular Members||:||Dean Eduardo D. de los Angeles|
|:||Dean Pacifico A. Agabin|
|:||Judge Selma P. Alaras|
|:||Comm. Linda L. Malenab-Hornilla|
|Ex-Officio Members||:||Hon. Jose Midas P. Marquez, Court Administrator|
|:||Justice Marina L. Buzon, PHILJA Executive Secretary|
|:||Judge Geraldine Faith A. Econg, PHILJA Chief of Office for PMC|
|:||Prof. Alfredo F. Tadiar, Chairperson of PHILJA ADR Department|
PMCO Staffing Pattern
The staffing pattern of the PMCO includes the following positions:
|PHILJA Chief of Office for PMC||:||Judge Geraldine Faith A. Econg|
Mediation Planning and Research Division
|PHILJA Attorney IV||:||Jose C. Saluib, Jr.|
|Judicial Staff Officer V||:||Janis G. Pondevida|
|Judicial Staff Officer II||:||Lizel V. Mercado-Corpin|
|Judicial Staff Assistant II||:||Benjie B. Cajandig|
|Judicial Staff Employee II||:||Cloyd D. Garra|
|Utility Worker||:||Ramil B. Ramirez|
Mediation Resource Management Division
|SC Chief Judicial Staff Officer||:||Jose T. Name, Jr.|
|Judicial Staff Officer VI||:||Sherryl E. Cascuian|
|Judicial Staff Officer V||:||Edilberto R. Dimson|
|Judicial Staff Officer IV||:||Edward M. Irigayen|
|Judicial Staff Assistant III||:||Gerardo D. Pinca|
|Judicial Staff Employee II||:||Pelagio A. Libradilla, Jr.|
|Utility Worker||:||Elmer B. Villareyes|
Mediation Education, Training, and Monitoring Division
|PHILJA Attorney IV||:||Ulidia B. Mabansag|
|Training Specialist III||:||Lyra A. Encinares|
|Training Specialist II||:||Angelyn P. Maligaya|
|Training Specialist I||:||Ramil C. Azurin|
|Training Specialist I||:||Aireena-Lyza C. Guzman|
|Training Assistant I||:||Wenna Joy G. Matriz|
|Training Assistant I||:||Romeo C. de Leon, Jr.|
|Judicial Staff Employee II||:||Joselito P. Quines|