By Roi Lomotan
Seven barangays in Negros Oriental are vying for this year’s Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) this year.
For component cities, three barangays have been nominated by their local LTIA screening committees, namely: barangays Mabigo in Canlaon City, Motong in Dumaguete City, and Tangculugan in Bais City.
On the other hand, four barangays representing four towns are also nominated for the 1st to 3rd Class Category for municipalities.
These are barangays Tinaogan in Bindoy, Ajong in Sibulan, Poblacion in Sta. Catalina, and Puhagan in Valencia.
The Provincial LTIA Awards Committee headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) convened on Feb. 23 and Feb. 26 to assess and rate said barangays based on the documents submitted to their office.
LTIA Focal Person Didi Cimafranca said the barangays are judged based on the following main criteria: efficiency in operations, effectiveness in securing the settlement of interpersonal dispute objective of the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP), creativity and resourcefulness of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, area or facility for KP activities, and financial or non-financial support.
Cimafranca explained that barangays who will get 95 to100 rating, 90 to 94 rating, and 85 to 89 rating will be named first, second, and third place winners, respectively based on DILG Memorandum Circular 2016 – 58 which serves as guidelines in judging the LTIA nominees.
The winning barangays will be automatically nominated for the regional LTIA by the province.
The DILG official disclosed that the awarding in the provincial level will take place in September while the regional winners will be announced by the end of December.
LTIA aims to strengthen KP as an indigenous conflict resolution structure, institutionalise a system of granting economic benefits and other incentives to the Lupong Tagapamayapa which demonstrate exemplary performance, and generate greater awareness and support from various sectors of the society on KP as a potent vehicle toward social ordering and human development.
Aside from trophies, cash incentives will also be given to the winning barangays to be utilized for their KP projects and programs.