"I must say that of the many initiatives and projects undertaken during my tenure as Chief Justice, nothing has given me greater satisfaction and sense of fulfillment than the establishment of the Philippine Judicial Academy, and the acceptance by Mme. Justice Herrera of the function of leading it as its Chancellor."


As the Supreme Court's training arm to ensure judicial competence and excellence, the Academy has the assurance of Chief Justice Davide who said early in his term: "[D]uring my watch of the Supreme Court...the PHILJA shall receive the Court's boundless support and assistance."


"[The Academy] achieves international standards in that it supports judicial independence through a judicial majority and it is representative of the various courts it serves."


"…the delegates took special notice of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and its critical role in elevating the standards of judicial education."

AND THE PACIFIC, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 2001

"PHILJA has a most advanced and sophisticated structure of judicial education."

Inaugural Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, December 2001

"PHILJA successfully conducted a record 92 training programs for Year 2001, or an average of 7.6 a month. It reached approximately 2,673 Judges; 3,901 judicial personnel; 371 officials of quasi-judicial agencies; and 172 lawyers aspiring for judicial positions.

It was not only the quantity that was significant. The substantive quality of the programs, the expertise of its lecturers, and the continuing assessment and improvement of the curricula, contributed to a consistently high rating by participants of 'profitability' for them. Also graded by them most favorably were the educational experience, the format, the methods, the choice of thematic programs, including the working teams assigned."


"WHEREAS, the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), the education arm of the Supreme Court, continues to aggressively pursue the purposes, goals and objectives set forth in its Charter, RA No. 8557. Its record of accomplishments for CY2002 surpasses all expectations. "

Memorandum Order No. 03-2002

"The Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) sows the seeds of judicial excellence nationwide by training thousands of justices, judges, and court personnel through an average of four (4) judicial seminars a month. A total of 1,184 judges, 841 clerks of court, 361 court attorneys, and 2,937 court personnel benefited last year from 53 PHILJA seminars, which added up to 181 training days.

PHILJA’s contribution in uplifting judicial competence to global standards has also been recognized by international institutions. The World Bank’s 2000 Judicial Sector Study has noted the Academy’s independence while overseas conferences of judges have acknowledged PHILJA’s standards in judicial education. The Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute Inaugural Meeting in Nova Scotia in Canada last December 2001, for example, commended PHILJA for having the “most advanced and sophisticated structure of judicial education; "

Merzenaida Donovan, Benchbreak,
a news feature service of the
Action Program for Judicial Reform

"If we are to render environmental justice, we must, therefore, keep our knowledge on environmental laws, issues, and concerns up to date. This is the boon that we gain from the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA). By affording us these training opportunities, we keep pace with developments that will help us deliver quality environmental justice."

-Excerpt from the Inspirational Message of the Honorable
Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr.
entitled: “The Role of
Courts in Environmental Protection,”
delivered on August
15, 2003, at the Judges’ Forum on Environmental
Protection: Philippine Environmental Law, Practice, and
the Role of Courts,
held at the PHILJA Development Center, Tagaytay City.

"Let me first congratulate the PHILJA, The Asia Foundation and the U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership for sponsoring this Environmental Law Training of Trainers Seminar- Workshop with Experiental Learning. I was reading the different parts of your program and I was impressed by its balance. First, you examined in depth the normative content and remedial measures provided for by RA No. 8749 (Philippine Clean Air Act), RA No. 9275 (Philippine Clean Water Act), and RA No. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act). Second, you constructed hypothetical cases to test the application of these laws. Third, you discussed the current issues which will impede the effectiveness of these laws and which pose a challenge to the Judiciary, the administrative agencies and the prosecution, including the law enforcement agencies. To cap it all, you have designed an Outline of the Training Manual on Environmental Law. All of these are a strong testament that (thanks to PHILJA), we are well ahead of other countries in knowing the latest wrinkles in environmental law.

...in the ASEAN region, we have one of the most developed programs on environmental law. "

Excerpts from the Inspirational Message of Honorable
Reynato S. Puno, Senior Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of the Philippines, at the Environmental
Law Training of Trainers Seminar-Workshop
with Experiential Learning, on October 15, 2004, at the
PHILJA Development Center, Tagaytay City.

"When our very energetic Chancellor, Mme. Justice Herrera, was still a member of the Supreme Court and the [chairperson] of the Computerization Committee, she introduced the Case Administration System (CAS). The Court had its e-mail facilities since 1991. These technologies were just being talked about at that time. History now confirms that we were in the right direction.

Justice Herrera has always been a visionary, and today’s launching merely confirms what we in the Court knew all along. Her stewardship of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) would be a tough act to follow.

With the e-Learning modules that will be launched today, judges can be mentored by online tutors who can take questions anytime via the e-mail. It is a convenient and effective way of learning. The contents are also developed to be interactive with online chats with mentors/tutors and user friendly tools for navigation. Thus, the experience would be participatory rather than where one would be just a passive listener.

During this period of time, PHILJA will be able to test the usability and experience the benefits of e-Learning. PHILJA will also be able to study the profile and preferred learning methodology amongst other statistics to gain a better understanding of e-Leaning’s role in judicial education. I understand that PHILJA will also be taking time to explore the feasibility of more topics that can be done on this platform. We encourage and welcome all judges’ feedback during this trial period, so that we are all able to benefit more from e- Learning.

Who knows? This experiment could be a prelude to PHILJA eventually branching out its own ‘Online Academy’. "

Excerpts from the Keynote Address of the
Honorable Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr.
entitled, “e-Learning for Quality Service,” delivered
on December 1, 2004, at the Launching and Demonstration
of the e-Learning Pilot Project for the Judiciary,

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