Congressman Jerry P. Treñas
The role of Barangays in preventing crimes, mediating conflicts and enforcing the law is of paramount importance. I am therefore pleased that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in close coordination with the Liga ng mga Barangay of Iloilo City, will conduct a skills enhancement training and workshop that shall augment the capacity of our Lupon Chairmen, Lupon Members and Lupon Secretaries to effectively handle mediation and conciliation proceedings lodged within their jurisdiction concerning cases involving members of their respective Barangays. Today’s workshop shall also discuss the salient points of Republic Act No. 9262 or the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.”
The Katarungang Pambarangay Law requires the compulsory process of arbitration at the Barangay level as a pre-condition for filing a complaint in court. The law aims to complement government efforts to make justice accessible at the grassroots level through an integrated network of community-based social and legal services promoting quasi-judicial modes of disputes resolution.
It is also important for the Barnagay officers of Iloilo City concerned in disputes resolution to familiarize themselves with the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law. The law promotes the policy of the State to value the dignity of women and children and to guarantee full respect for human rights. The Barangay officials must exert efforts to address violence committed against women and children in keeping with the fundamental freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution and the Provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other international instruments protecting the rights of women and children, of which the Philippines is a party to.
Through this DILG Iloilo City initiative, I am confident that the Barangay Officials present today will be better acquainted with the nuances of both the Barangay Katarungan Law and the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law.