DILG stresses role of Brgys in speedy, fair administration of justice

ANGELES CITY — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 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.

Principals of the Justice Sector Coordinating Council namely Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra (second from left), Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin (middle), Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año (second from right) attend the inauguration of the Angeles City Justice Zone. Also in photo are European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen (left) and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (right). (Carmela Jane F. Villar/PIA 3)

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 principal Eduardo M. Año said during the launching 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,” Año furthered.

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.

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