The Supreme Court’s judicial reform efforts were recognized during the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Gabi ng Parangal: Pasasalamat sa mga Kawal ng Pagbabago held on June 25, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center. On behalf of the Supreme Court, Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez (second from left) received the Institutional Pillar award from DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (second from right) as well as an award for the Supreme Court’s commitment and initiative in promoting Ease of Doing Business (EODB). With them are DTI Undersecretary Rowel s. Barba (left) and Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri (right), himself an awardee.
In his keynote speech, DTI Secretary Lopez said he wanted to “pay tribute to the concept of the whole-of-government approach” and was thus “thankful for the swift action by the Supreme Court when we made representations on what reforms would create an impact.” The Supreme Court, in its efforts to promote EODB recently increased the limit of small claims cases filed before the Metropolitan Trial Courts from P300,000.00 to P400,000.00, and uploaded the decisions of the Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and the Court of Tax Appeals online thru the eCourt.
Court Administrator Marquez pointed out that the expeditious resolution of cases and transparency have always been part of the SC’s continuing judicial reforms. In his acceptance speech, he also pointed out “while it is our wish to elevate our country’s ranking in the Doing Business Report, it has also been our fervent desire to provide only the highest standards of public service to our people, notwithstanding our limited resources.” (Caption courtesy of the Supreme Court Public Information Office; Photo courtesy of the Office of the Court Administrator)