DILG cites br­gys’role in fair, speedy jus­tice ad­min­is­tra­tion

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AN­GE­LES CITY— The Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG) has stressed the role of barangays in the speedy and fair ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice.

“Our goal is to es­tab­lish 14 jus­tice zones na­tion­wide by 2022. We have three more years to do so. But I be­lieve we must take this ini­tia­tive a step fur­ther. We must have a pro­gram that would cas­cade th­ese ef­forts down to the barangay level be­cause it is not only in cities where peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence in­jus­tice. In fact, the grass­root is where in­jus­tices thrive. So, it is crit­i­cal that we give im­por­tance to the barangay’s abil­ity to re­solve cases of con­flict and op­pres­sion that are within their power to tackle. We must en­sure that even barangay res­i­dents will ex­pe­ri­ence speedy and fair ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice on the is­sues

they are con­cerned with,” DILG Sec­re­tary and Jus­tice Sec­tor Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil prin­ci­palE­d­uardoM.A os­aid­dur­ingth­e­launch­ing of the coun­try’s fourth Jus­tice Zone lo­cated in An­ge­les City.

Be­ing a mem­ber of the JSCC, DILG be­lieves in the power of jus­tice to pre­vent the peace­ful and the in­no­cent from be­com­ing out­laws. In this sense, the ju­di­ciary be­comes the part­ner of law en­force­ment in the govern­ment’s aim to fi­nally put a stop on the cul­ture of vi­o­lence and crime in the coun­try.

“Be­ing the su­per­vi­sory body tasked to over­see the ac­tiv­i­ties of the lo­cal govern­ment units, DILG will pro­vide as­sis­tance to our lo­cal govern­ment units in har­mo­niz­ing in­ter­a­gency ef­forts at the lo­cal level. We will for­tify our ef­forts to im­ple­ment the pro­grams of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice across the coun­try. We thus ex­pect the lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives to lead their own lo­cal­i­ties in gaining the peo­ple’s trust in the sys­tem. I also en­cour­age the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod and Sang­gu­ni­ang Bayan to craft or­di­nances which will fur­ther strengthen the Jus­tice Zone Pro­gram. Let us pro­mote Ju­di­cial sec­tor co­or­di­na­tion and pol­icy-mak­ing by ad­vo­cat­ing for re­forms that de­con­gest and au­to­mate the process, A ofur­thered.

Jus­tice Zoneis an area where lo­cal jus­tice sec­tor agen­cies such as the po­lice, pros­e­cu­tors, judges, pub­lic at­tor­neys, and man­agers of de­ten­tions fa­cil­i­ties iden­tify prob­lems and ar­rive at com­mon so­lu­tions to ad­dress them.

An­ge­les City is the fourth Jus­tice Zone sup­ported by the Euro­pean Union un­der its Gov­er­nance in Jus­tice (GOJUST) pro­gram. Oth­ers are lo­cated in the cities of Que­zon, Cebu and Davao. (CLJD-PIA 3)

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