Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Case Carrying Capacity of Lower Court Judges on November 5-6, 2013 at High Country Inn, 106 Campo Filipino, Naguilian Road, Baguio City
OCA Circular No. 136-13

October 24, 2013


TO : The Concerned Judges
SUBJECT : Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Case Carrying Capacity of Lower Court Judges on November 5-6, 2013 at High Country Inn, 106 Campo Filipino, Naguilian Road, Baguio City

The Supreme Court, with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), thru the Asia Foundation, is conducting a study of the case carrying capacity of Lower Court judges. This study will enable the Supreme Court to assess the needs of courts and judges based on judicial workloads and case complexities by establishing a reasonable caseload for them. The establishment of the reasonable caseload will provide a rational basis for the determination of: (1) how many courts and judge positions are needed in order to ensure efficiency and timeliness of court operations and outputs; (2) where courts are needed; (3) how many cases judges should be expected to handle annually; and (4) establish timeliness for different types of cases.

In connection therewith, the following judges are hereby authorized to attend the said focus group discussion on OFFICIAL TIME/OFFICIAL BUSINESS, chargeable to local funds, if authorized and available, provided their court calendars are properly managed and the parties notified in advance of any cancelled hearing:

1. Hon. Marita Bernales Balloguing RTC, Branch 20, Vigan City
2. Hon. Raphiel F. Alzate RTC, Branch 1, Bangued, Abra
3. Hon. Pablo M. Agustin (APJ) RTC, Branch 4, Tuguegarao City
4. Hon. Emma P. Bauzon RTC, Branch 37, Lingayen,
5. Hon. Mia Joy O. Cawed RTC, Branch 4, Baguio City
6. Hon. Edilberto T. Claravall RTC, Branch 60, Baguio City
7. Hon. Cicero B. Jandoc RTC, Branch 29, Bayombong, Nueva
8. Hon. Emmanuel C. Rasing RTC, Branch 3, Baguio City
9. Hon. Alpino P. Florendo RTC, Branch 30, San Fernando City,
La Union
10. Hon. Marybelle Demot Mari as RTC, Branch 8, La Trinidad, Benguet
11. Hon. Manuel F. Pastor, Jr. RTC, Branch 50, Villasis, Pangasinan
12. Hon. Isidoro T. Pobre RTC, Branch 18, Batac City, Ilocos
13. Hon. Efren B. Tienzo RTC, Branch 49, Urdaneta City
14. Hon. Oscar T. Zaldivar RTC, Branch 7, Aparri, Cagayan
15. Hon. Jonathan A. Asuncion MTCC, Branch 2, Laoag City
16. Hon. Grace Gliceria F. De Vera MTCC, San Carlos City, Pangasinan
17. Hon. Santiago J. Marcella, Jr. MTCC, Branch 3, Dagupan City
18. Hon. Maria Clarita Casuga Tabin MTCC, Branch 4, Baguio City
19. Hon. Joseph C. A onuevo MTC, Sta. Maria, Pangasinan
20. Hon. Luis A. Daoen MTC, Bontoc, Mountain Province
21. Hon. Nora M. Dorado MTC, Camalaniugan, Cagayan
22. Hon. Edilberta O. Casiano MTC, Luna, La Union
23. Hon. Charlotte Fraulein F. Garcia MTC, Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya
24. Hon. Maria Corazon M. Labrador MTC, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
25. Hon. Isidro S. Reyes MTC, Rizal, Cagayan
26. Hon. Beda B. Ruiz MTC, Bani, Pangasinan
27. Hon. Lornabeth Tutaan Ucol MTC, Alicia, Isabela
28. Hon. Redentor B. Valera MTC, Bangued, Abra
29. Hon. Ma. Victoria A. Acidera MCTC, Bangui-Pagudpud-Adams-
Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte
30. Hon. Marietta Brawner Cualing MCTC, Tuba-Sablan, Benguet
31. Hon. Ma. Anastacia M. Labog MCTC, Cabatuan-Luna, Isabela
32. Hon. Leah Agrifina G. Ramirez- MCTC, Banayoyo-Lidlidda-San
Florendo (APJ) Emilio, Ilocos Sur

The Asia Foundation will provide meals and accommodation during the event and properly documented transportation expenses will be reimbursed. CDAHIT

For strict compliance.

Issued this 24th day of October 2013.

Court Administrator