Portia Aliño Hormachuelos

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Justice Portia Aliño Hormachuelos is the chairman of the 3rd division of the Court of Appeals.

A consistent academic scholar since grade school, she finished Law as magna cum laude at the University of the Visayas, Cebu City, in 1963. She also obtained her Master's degree in Public Administration major in Organization and Management at the University of the Philippines as being one of the Top Ten MPA graduates. She is an alumna of the Career Executive Service Development Program (CESDP) of the government, a 9-month training program for government executives.

She has written 1,728 ponencias since she was promoted to the Court of Appeals in August 1995, after serving eight (8) years as Regional Trial Court judge where she was honored with the 1992 Cayetano Arellano Award for Judicial Excellence as Outstanding RTC Judge in the Philippines.

In 2004, she was awarded as Outstanding Alumna in the field of Judicial Reforms and Legal Advocacy for Women by the University of the Philippines College Cebu due to her quality of her decisions. She was also given the Alumni Achievement Award for Government Service by the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) in its 50th Anniversary in June 2002. She was also honored as Cebuana Trailblazer by the Cebu Provincial government in recognition of her role as Speedy Justice Advocate. She has received numerous other awards including the Plaque of Distinguished Service, Career Executive Service Board; Award of Recognition, Crusade Against Violence; Gintong Ina (1999); Asian Mother-Achiever for Law and Judiciary, 2003; Outstanding Service in the Judiciary, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Cebu Chapter. She has served in all pillars of the Justice System as jurist, prosecutor, public attorney and corrections officer.

She was also a lecturer of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA). In 1994, she was selected by the U.S. Information Agency to participate in the International Visitor Program (IVP) with special emphasis on the administration of courts in the U.S. She was country delegate to the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute (UNAFEI), Tokyo, Japan; Appellate Judges Conference in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.; World Jurists Organization in Sydney, Australia and attended the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

She is founding Director of the Philippine Women Judges Association and member of the International Association of Women Judges.

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