Despite the cancellation of the awarding of incentives to exemplary Lupong Tagapamayapa, the Province of Cebu and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cebu Province proceeded with the ceremonies on Friday, December 11 at the Capitol Social Hall.
Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, in her speech, acknowledged and thanked the great contribution of the lupong tagapamayapa in decongesting dockets in courts.
“Thank you for helping decongest the dockets by not adding to it kay gi-resolbar na ninyo ang away, away man sa silingan, away manag-asawa, away’g managsuon resolbado na barangay level pa lang. And may you continue to do such outstanding work,” Garcia said.
This year’s awarding of winners is another first for the annual event as the Province provided a total of P1.2 million for the cash incentive.
She said this was the result of her initial talks with DILG Cebu Provincial Director Jhoaden Garcia after learning that winners receive a plaque and certificate and a small amount of cash.
She instead suggested to increase the cash incentives so winners will be encouraged to come up with worthwhile projects that will leave a lasting legacy to their barangays.
“Let us convert government funds to actual projects that people can see, and feel and use,” Garcia said, adding that this is aligned with her administration’s thrust.
The Provincial Board supports this as well as seen when they agreed last year to spend their legislative funds (LF) to meaningful projects and dispense with giving away of monoblock chairs, tents, and even appliances and home furniture.
“This is how we have conceptualized the lupong tagapamayapa incentive awards this year. The amount that comes from the coffers of people’s taxes, public funds, should be spent on a public project that the public can use and can avail of,” Garcia said.
This year’s winners, aside from getting the regular certificate and plaques, received at least P50,000 for the finalists and P300,000 for the grand winner.
“That is the challenge now to our barangay captains but I am sure that you are all up to the challenge kay mga winners gud mo,” she said.
This year’s Lupong Tagapamayapa winners include Barangay Ibabao, Cordova town for the third place; Barangay Poblacion, Liloan for the second place; and Barangay Nasipit, Barili for the first place in the 1st to 3rd Class Municipality Category.
For the 4th to 6th Class Municipality Category, Barangay Tagnucan, Borbon got the third place; Barangay Sta. Cruz, Ronda got the second place; and Barangay Villahermosa, Tudela grabbed the top place.
Second and third placers each received P50,000 cash incentive and plaque of recognition while first placers received P300,000 each and a plaque of recognition as well. (Vanessa Almeda)