Barangay Justice Service System (BJSS) Program
The BJPP, which is a 2-year cooperative assistance project with the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF) as the implementing partner, is a follow-through to the Mindanao Initiatives for Peace (MinPeace) Program. Since 1998, MinPeace and the Barangay Justice for Peace Programs (BJSS), the precursors of BJPP, have documented the resolution of some 11,166 barangay level disputes.
The objectives of the project under the BJPP platform that started early 2010 are the following: (a) to reduce the number of violent conflicts in target areas; (b) to improve the capacities of LGUs in integrating alternative dispute mechanisms in local level planning and budgeting processes; (c) to build capacities of Barangay Justice Advocates (BJAs) and local resource partners in alternative dispute resolution; and (d) to develop a constituency of peace in conflict-affected areas through community-based peace education.
The following are the project accomplishments for the last 13 years of implementation (covered by Barangay Justice Service System, MinPeace and BJPP):
• GRF trained and mobilized 15,159 barangay justice advocates (BJAs)
• Covered 24 provinces including ARMM provinces
-2,015 barangays of which 87 % are in Mindanao
• Mobilized more than 20 local resource partners to provide technical assistance to BJAs
BJSS Project Outcomes
Under BJPP, the LGU innovations are as follows:
• Full replication of project in 54 barangays of Pagadian City with expansion plans in three other municipalities covering 100 bgys;
• Creation of Peace and Development Unit to continue BJP in Davao del Sur with initial budget allocation of P100,000;
• Representation of BJA in Provincial and Municipal Peace and Development Councils in Tawi Tawi, Sibugay, Maguindanao and Davao del Sur;
• Training of BJAs on Counseling for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) and their eventual representation in the Barangay council for the Protection of Children (BCPC);
• Integration of BJP in the Kalinaw Development Unit with corresponding budgetary support for training in Sarangani;
• Integration of BJA Training Module in regular KP Training and Case Monitoring Form in South Cotabato;
• Integration of BJP in the Provincial Legal Office in Sibugay; and,
• Health and Accident Insurances for BJAs.
Under the BJPP, a total of 10,614 cases were managed by BJAs where 56% were managed by women BJAs. Resolution rate was 94%. Other findings from the BJP include:
• Case management improved from an average of 3 to 1.24 meeting days from the time it is referred to the BJAs until settlement either by complete resolution or referral to appropriate authorities;
• Some cases managed by BJAS were averted from escalating into violence;
• There is an increasing demand from un-served LGUs for technical assistance to build capacities for BJSS replication.