The humble Province of Lanao del Norte with its 462 Barangays in which two of these were included as candidates in the prestigious National Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards. Barangay Libertad of the Municipality of Kolambugan is competing for the 4th-6th Class Municipalities Category and at the same time, Barangay Calube of the Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo is joining the 1st-3rd Class Municipalities Category.
Both Barangays are already winners in their respective categories in the regional level where it receives P20,000.00 each and a trophy held in Cagayan de Oro City last October 10, 2017.
Barangay Captain Manuel P. Chiong, Jr. a retired Philippine National Police was very proud of his Pangkat or Lupon Tagapamayapa to be selected for the first time to compete in the same category for the national level along with three other rivals from Luzon and the Visayas. He said, “We (Lupon Tagapamayapa) are just doing our job, we are always ready to mediate and conciliate when misunderstanding or any grievances occurs. We are just a small barangay where it only has 6 Purok and we know each other here,” Chairman Chiong expressed in the local dialect.
The secretary of the Lupon Tagapamayapa, Ms. Luida Menion diligently compiles all the necessary documents made and created by the said body. From the moment it receives the complaint to whether or not it reach an amicable settlement, the Secretary religiously keep a copy of all documents, either in photos, acknowledgement receipts or any other relevant papers pertaining to each issue.
The Lupon Tagapamayapa functions when the Barangay Captain could no longer resolve issues brought in his office. Preferably, Lupon members should be affiliated with groups in their area. Like cooperatives, women’s organizations and other groups that promotes good advocacies. In this, Lupon members could aid or provide assistance to the Barangay Chairman by informing the residents of the Barangay Justice System or Katarungang Pambarangay during assemblies or meetings.
A retired school teacher, Barangay Chairman Romana A. Aguinid of Barangay Calube, Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, was excited that once again her Barangay is considered a contender for the 6th time in this national award given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and its partner agencies.
Same with Barangay Chairman Chiong, Jr. of Barangay Libertad, Chairman Aguinid also wants to settle disputes immediately by mediating and conciliating any disagreement that comes to her attention.
Ms. Marmarie P. Satin-Vivas, Assistant State Prosecutor from the DOJ and member of the NBOJ, appreciates the innovative actions initiated by the Lupong Tagapamayapa to settle issues or disputes in the barangay level or even in the purok. It helps in declogging of docketed cases filed in the Courts of Justice.
Acting Mayor of Kolambugan, Vice-Mayor Beltran M. Lumaque showed support to the Lupon members by attending this revalidation process together with Board Member Setty Deamila “Jam” C. Macarambon along with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan and President of the Association Barangay Council of the Kolambugan. While Mayor Ulwan M. Dimaporo immediately rushed to Barangay Calube after attending the important meetings with the Provincial Peace & Order Council, and the Provincial Development Council on the same day. Mayor Dimaporo respectfully meets the members of the National Board of Judges and promised to continuously support the efforts of the Lupong Tagapamayapa and the Barangay Council. PIO-LDN