PGMA opens P300-M judiciary training school

May 7, 2010 7:39 pm 

MANILA, May 7 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated Friday the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) Training Center, the first and only training school for the Philippine judiciary, in Silang Crossing, Tagaytay City.

Construction of the PHILJA training center was funded by a P300-million grant from the Japanese government.

“We wanted a place conducive to study with adequate lodging and facilities for members of the Philippine judiciary,” said former Chief Justice Andres Narvasa.

“We are now seeing the realization of a dream of adequate facilities for the Philippine judicial academy. The inauguration of the training center symbolizes the modernization of the judiciary,” said PHILJA Chancellor Adolfo Azcuna, a retired Supreme Court justice.

Previously, PHILJA used to hold its training programs in the Ridge Convention Center situated in Barangay Silang, Cavite.

The inaugural event was one of the rare occasions the President was seen with former and incumbent members of the judiciary, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno and former Chief Justices Narvasa and Artemio Panganiban.

Ambassador of Japan Makoto Katsura, Azcuna, founding Chancellor Justice Ameurfina Milencio Herrera, and Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham Tolentino were also on hand to welcome the President. (PNA)



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