If you are involved in a neighborhood squabble, do not rush to the court immediately to file a case against your unfriendly neighbor but seek the assistance of the Lupong Tagapamayapa in your barangay.
This is the advice given by DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año as he extols the barangay justice committees or lupong tagapamayapa nationwide for amicably settling a total of 332,469 community-based conflicts in 2017.
“Saludo ako sa ating mga lupong tagapamayapa sa buong bansa dahil sa kanilang simpleng paraan ay nagkakaroon ng hustisya at nabibigyan nila ng solusyon ang mga alitan ng mga magkakapitbahay,” says Año.
The Lupong Tagapamayapa is composed of the punong barangay as chairman and 10 to 20 members who are residing or working in the barangay, are not otherwise expressly disqualified by law, and possessing integrity, impartiality, independence of mind, sense of fairness, and reputation for probity.
Año also encourages Lupons to be proactive in dealing with cases filed within their jurisdiction to evade possible escalation of petty complaints to the formal courts of justice "for it steals time away from more urgent and severe cases."
According to him, ideally, the Lupon must arrive at a settlement or resolution of the dispute within 15 days from the day it convenes, except in clearly meritorious cases.
The DILG OIC says all disputes, civil and criminal in nature, where parties actually reside in the same city or municipality are subjected to proceedings of an amicable settlement.
Among the cases that can be handled by the lupong tagapamayapa are the following: alarms and scandals; less serious physical injuries; slight physical injuries and maltreatment; unlawful arrest; light and grave coercion; simple seduction; issuing checks without sufficient funds; removal, sale or pledge of mortgaged property; and qualified trespass to dwelling (without use of violence and intimidation).
Outstanding lupong tagapamayapa
Today (October 12), twelve outstanding lupong tagapamayapa will be recognized during the conferment of the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) 2018.
Hailed as this year's Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa are Brgy. Calumpang Molo, Iloilo City for the highly urbanized cities category; Brgy. Milibili, Roxas City, Capiz for component cities; Brgy. Tipolo, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental for 1st to 3rd class municipalities; and Brgy. Umabay Exterior, Mobo, Masbate for 4th to 6th class municipalities.
Completing the winners are the 1st and 2nd runners-up for each category namely: Brgy. Katangawan, General Santos City, and Brgy. Kauswagan, Cagayan De Oro City (highly urbanized cities); Brgy. Cupang Proper, Balanga City, Brgy. Telaje, Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur (component cities); Brgy. Poblacion, Tupi, South Cotabato, Brgy. Tulay-B, Maragondon, Cavite (1stto 3rd class municipalities); and Brgy.Tubod, Silago, Southern Leyte, Brgy. Bonifacio Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental (4th to 6th class municipalities).
"Conflict resolution in the barangay level entails a unique set of skills in mediation and in drawing the correct verdict or judgment. This year's winners performed exceptionally well in their communities," Año explains.
An interagency Board of Judges chose this year's recipients of the LTIA by gauging their efficiency in operations of the Lupon; effectiveness in securing the settlement of interpersonal dispute of the Katarungang Pambarangay; creativity and resourcefulness of the Lupon; area or facility for Katarungang Pambarangay activities; and financial or non-financial support.
Each of the four (4) LTIA national winners received a trophy and cash prize of P300,000. On the other hand, each of the four (4) 1st runners-up will get P150,000 and a plaque while the four (4) 2nd runners-up shall each receive P100,000.00 and a plaque.
"May this year's winners inspire other Lupons in the country to be hands-on and proactive in dealing with disputes in their community. Mas maraming mareresolbang kaso, mas produktibo," he says.
The LTIA, established through Executive Order 394 in 1997, is an annual Presidential awards program that recognizes efficient and dynamic conflict resolution and strengthens the Katarungang Pambarangay in settling disputes within the neighborhood.