BAGUIO CITY – The yearly search for the most outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) in this mountain resort kicks-off this last week.
Around 30 villages submitted their letter of intent to participate in the said search at the Special Services Division (SSD) of the Mayor’s Office.
The search aims to provide motivation to other lupons in improving their over-all performance in furtherance of Katarungang Pambarangay concerns as well as to strengthen the efficacy of the KP as an indigenous conflict-resolution structure at the grassroots. It also extends appreciation and recognition to lupon tagapamayapa whose exceptional service delivery performance has significantly contributed to the attainment of the objectives of the KP and at the same time to generate awareness among and support from the various sectors of the Philippine society on the KP as a potent vehicle toward social ordering and human development.
The LTIA committee composed of representative from the Department of Interior Local Government Baguio Field Office, Department of Justice, Baguio City Police Office, Liga ng mga Barangay and the SSD will subsequently conduct a thorough assessment, evaluation and on-site visitation and validation to the participating villages who joined the said search.
The participating villages will be judges based on their efficiency in operations discernible through the observance of settlement procedures and settlement deadlines, conduct of monthly meetings exclusively for Katarungang Pambarangay and systematic maintenance of records; the effectiveness in securing the objectives of the program through the quantity and quality of settled cases; and the creativity and resourcefulness of Lupong Tagapamayapa (LT) through the innovative mediation techniques initiated, active coordination with concerned agencies like DSWD, PNP, DAR, DepEd, DOJ and other courts, sustainability of the advocacy efforts, KP trainings initiated and conducted as well as attended by the LT, exclusive area of facility within the barangay hall or a separate structure for settlement proceedings and the mobilization of budgetary support from the city and non-government organizations.
Last year, Lourdes Subdivision Extension headed by punong barangay Benjamin Macadangdang was honored as the best performing lupon in the city for calendar year 2014./Jho Arranz