The DILG Eastern Visayas rolled out the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) training on November 11, 2020 for the first batch of Lupong Tagapamayapa members from the provinces of Biliran, Southern Leyte, Ormoc, and the western towns of Leyte.
In his opening remarks, DILG-8 Regional Director Karl Caesar R. Rimando expressed that it is an opportune time to review the provisions of the KP Law and to know the mandated roles of the barangay officials in the time of the pandemic.
Director Rimando said that the KP does not intend to identify who is at fault or guilty but rather to settle disputes between conflicting parties. Stressing that there are misconceptions on the barangay justice system, he encouraged the participants to listen to the discussion for them to be refreshed of the laws governing KP.
The training aims to enhance the level of knowledge of the Lupong Tagapamaya and other stakeholders on the organizational aspect, jurisdictional aspect including the cases covered and the procedures or application of the KP, to gain understanding on the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Award (LTIA), and to share KP best practices and innovation.
According to DILG-8 Legal Officer Atty. Cyril Casey G. Blanco, the KP is a system for amicable settlement of disputes at the barangay. It is likewise an out-of-court resolution of conflicts by the community members themselves under the guidance of the Punong Barangay and without the intervention of legal counsels and representatives.
Atty. Blanco also highlighted that one objective of the KP Law is to help relieve the court of docket congestion that is causing deterioration in the quality of justice dispensed or administered by the judiciary. Citing the Local Government Code, the legal officer likewise discussed the organizational and jurisdictional aspects of the KP.
Virtually present in the training, which was facilitated by the DILG in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), were the Punong Barangays, lupon members and secretaries, representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Women and Children Protection Desk Officers, and Local Social Welfare and Development Officers.
The training was likewise shared live on the official pages of DILG Region 8 and PIA 8. Succeeding training programs will be held for other areas in the region on November 17-18, 19-20, and 24-25.