Three hundred Lupong Tagapamayapa members composed of barangay officials and community leaders in the 20 barangays of Tacurong were trained on Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) Law on November 17-20, 2014.

“Paagi sini nga training naging mas masanag na ang amon nga pagkaintindi sa amon nga mga responsibilidad bilang Lupon,” said Punong Barangay Alejandro Apresto of Calean. “Mahimo nga mas maisog na kami kag responsable sa pag-handle sang mga kaso sa barangay,” he added.

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Apresto was in the first batch, composed of 150 participants, trained on November 17-18. The second batch was trained on November 19-20.
This training is sponsored by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in partnership with Liga ng mga Barangay-Tacurong Chapter and the City Government of Tacurong.

The training included detailed discussion of KP implementing rules, regulations, and procedures. Participants were also introduced to the KP forms specific to every action that will be carried out by the Lupon.

Participants also learned about their powers, duties, and functions, and scope of authority as members of the Lupong Tapamayapa.
Atty. Jose Blanza from the General Santos City Prosecutor’s Office also gave updates on the new Supreme Court jurisprudence relative to the KP Law.

Lupon members were also reminded of righteous leadership and good governance through a lecture delivered by Bishop David Salazar.

Anti-violence against women and their children was also discussed. This is to give clearer perspective on this law and give insights on what barangay officials can do to facilitate better response mechanisms in such cases, according to Tacurong DILG Officer Alberto Sero Jr.

Lupong Tagapamayapa is a body organized in every barangay composed of the punong barangay as chairman and not less than 10 nor more than 20 members. Members are not elective officials; residents of the barangay; and are chosen because they possess personal characteristics that indicate her/his suitability for the task of conciliation of disputes.

“Lupon in each barangay exercises administrative supervision over the conciliation panels by seeing to it that they have the necessary supplies and forms required for discharging their duties and that they perform their functions efficiently, effectively and fairly”.
(LGU-Tacurong City Information)