June 21, 2024

LAGAWE,Ifugao – Barangay officials and members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa (LP) in different barangays in Ifugao underwent orientation on the Barangay Justice System or Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) through the Office of the Vice Governor.

The KP is a community-based dispute settlement mechanism administered by the basic political unit of the country, which is the barangay. It aims to provide a simple, speedy, and inexpensive means of settling disputes at the grassroots level. It promotes community harmony, provides accessible justice, and lightens the caseload of the formal court system by resolving disputes at the barangay level.

The Local Government Code of 1991 mandates every barangay to create its lupon. The LP is composed of the punong barangay as the chairperson, and not fewer than 10 and not more than 20 members chosen from within the community.

Vice Gov. Glenn Prudenciano said the provincial government has an incentive award system for the best-performing LP in the province through Ordinance 2017-02.

This aims to encourage the speedy disposition of cases in the barangay and further deepen the awareness of community members in maximizing the indigenous conflict resolution mechanism at the grassroots level as a vehicle for achieving social justice and human development.

The provincial awardee lupons are awarded with cash prize and plaque of recognition. A consistent awardee for three consecutive years in the same awards category will be qualified for the Hall of Fame. – Florida B. Robles