PGMA confers awards on 2008 outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa

August 12, 2009 8:25 am 

MANILA, Aug. 12 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led Wednesday the conferment of awards on the 2008 outstanding barangay dispute-mediator councils or Lupong Tagapamayapa (Lupon) for exemplary performance in promoting peace, harmony and solidarity in their areas of responsibility.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa of Barangay Katangawan in General Santos City was adjudged Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in the Highly Urbanized Cities category while the Lupong Tagapamayapa of Barangay Washington in Surigao City won the Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in Component Cities category.

Barangay Manggahan of Gen. Trias, Cavite, was Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in first-to-third class category while the Lupong Tagapamayapa of Brgy. Panilao of Pilar, Bataan bagged the Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in fourth-to-sixth class municipalities.

Each of the national winners received from the President a presidential trophy and a cash prize of P100,000 courtesy of the Department of Interior and Local Government and an additional trophy courtesy of the Gerry Roxas Foundation, Inc.

The first runners-up are:

– Lupong Tagapamayapa of Barangay East Tapinac in Olongapo City for Highly Urbanized Cities category; <br>- Barangay Tuyo of Balanga City in Bataan for Component Cities category; <br>- Barangay Libueg of Camiling, Tarlac for first-to-third class municipalities category; and, <br>- Barangay Palo of Tampakan in South Cotabato for fourth-to-sixth class municipalities category.

The following are second runners-up: <br>- Lupong Tagapamayapa of Barangay Gusa of Cagayan de Oro City for Highly Urbanized Cities category; <br>- Barangay Pedro Colina of Cotabato City for component cities category; <br>- Barangay Poblacion of La Trinidad Benguet for first-to-third class municipalities category; and, <br>- Barangay Saytan of Pugo, La Union for fourth-to-sixth class municipalities category.

Each of the first and second runners-up received a presidential plaque of appreciation and cash prize of P30,000 and P20,000, respectively.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa of Barangay Washington of Surigao City was elevated to the Hall of Fame for being the national winner for three consecutive years. It received P100,000 cash and a presidential trophy from the Department of Justice and the Philippine Gaming Corporation.

The recognition of outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa is in compliance with Executive Order No. 394 signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos, in pursuant to Section 406b of the Local Government Code, which mandates the Department of the Interior and Local Government to grant economic and other incentives to outstanding Lupons.

The award is given in recognition of the commitment and dedication of the Lupons, which are the driving force in the promotion and implementation of the Katarungang Pambarangay objectives.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa is composed of 10-20 people, selected by the Punong Barangay from residents. They are supposed to possess integrity, impartiality, independence of mind, sense of fairness, and reputation for probity. (PNA)<br> DCT/vcs/OPS/ssc

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