BARANGAY Calumpang in Molo, Iloilo City received P150,000 after bagging first runner-up honors in the 2016 Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Award (LTIA) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Barangay officials received the prize during a turnover at the DILG Regional Office 6 on Oct 2, 2017.
“We feel proud of them because they won last year as runner-up in National Search for Outstanding Lupon in highly-urbanized city category. They are also shortlisted as finalist in this year’s award and will be validated on October 19,” said Iloilo City DILG head Atty. Ferdinand Panes.
The national awarding ceremony will be held at Malacañang Palace soon.
“Among the functions of Lupon is to settle dispute among the people in the barangay to avoid the filing of cases in court. This will help the court declog the cases somehow. One of the factors why Barangay Calumpang got the award was the number of cases that have been settled,” said Panes.
Based on DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2016-58 for LTIA enhanced criteria and guidelines, the Lupons are evaluated based on efficiency in operation, effectiveness in securing the settlement of interpersonal dispute objective of the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP), creativity and resourcefulness, area or facility for KP activities, and financial or non-financial support.
“The city DILG has been providing them technical assistance in order to comply with the indicators needed to be qualified in the search and we are happy because it paid off. Calumpang was invited by different municipalities in Western Visayas to teach how to formulate the Lupon,” Panes added.
Other barangays are encouraged to replicate Calumpang’s best practice to strengthen their Lupons to further help the court.
The LTIA, which was established in pursuant to Section 406 (b) of the Local Government Code of 1991, mandates the DILG to grant economic and other incentives to Lupons for their outstanding contributions to attain KP’s objectives.
The Lupon is an administrative body established by law to operationalize KP, as barangay justice system, as a response to continuing global search for in indigenous mediation structures capable of resolving disputes within a community, and beyond the formal courts of justice. (Iloilo City PIO)