Two CLRG researchers are undertaking research on the relevance and effectiveness of the quasi-judicial Katarungang Pambarangay (or Village Justice), one of the indigenous local justice systems in the Philippines and has been strengthened under the Local Government Code.
Composed of two case studies, the research starts with the case of Barangay Onse, San Juan City. Onse was chosen for having won the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards several times already. The second case study will be on a rural barangay--which will be later determined after the first phase has ended.
The case studies intend to determine the types of conflicts that are brought to the level of the Katarungang Barangay, the capacity building requirement of the Lupon members, success factors in resolving cases and the residents’ perception on the legitimacy of this local justice system.
Findings of the Onse case study will be available this July 2013. The studies are each funded by Don Zobel Soriano Foundation Fellowship and the NCPAG Academic Enhancement Incentive Program.