SC Holds First Virtual Town Hall Meeting

April 13, 2021

Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo today assured all lower court judges and personnel that the Supreme Court will actively look into and address their pressing concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the first-ever virtual Town Hall Meeting, the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court got a first-hand knowledge on the immediate health and work concerns of the lower court judges and personnel. Chief Justice Gesmundo was at the SC Division Hearing Room with the rest participating online via videoconferencing using the Philippine Judiciary 365 platform.

This is the first time the SC magistrates met with all 2000 judges and some court personnel collegially and online, using the live event feature of the Judiciary 365 platform.

“We assure you that the Court En Banc will study the issues that you raised,” said Chief Justice Gesmundo, as he gave his assurance that the SC “will pass and approve appropriate issuances in due time.”

During the Inaugural Town Hall Meeting, the Court, among others, gave the participants an update on the progress of the judiciary’s vaccination plan.

Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe said that the Court’s request for inclusion in the priority population group A4 (category A4) of the Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID- 19 Vaccines has been granted by the National Task Force Against COVID- 19 (NTF). The Court, on April 5, 2021, wrote the NTF for the inclusion of Judiciary employees in the priority population group A4. Justice Bernabe said that according to the NTF, vaccination for category A4 will start in May 2021.

Since the NTF has granted the inclusion of judiciary employees in the priority population group A4 (category A4), they are highly encouraged to immediately register with the LGUs of their residence or workplace. Among those who participated in the inaugural town hall meeting were officers and members of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA), Philippine Trial Judges League, Inc. (PTJLI), Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA), Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines (MetCJAP), and the Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE). ###