Mindanao Peace and Development (MPAD) Program


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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 
-196 municipalities
-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

 Project Outcomes Result Indicators 
 Reduction in violent conflicts  Violent conflicts reduced by 20%
 Capacities of BJAs to manage cases 
increased
10,000 cases managed, 70% resolved,
30% referred cases managed by BJAs 
 Capacities of LGUs in integrating 
initiatives in local level planning and 
budgeting
8 LGUs allocating cash and non cash share
in the training of additional BJAs and
replication in new barangays 
 Capacities of LRPs to replicate BJSS
 model enhanced
 8 LRPs providing cash and non-cash
contribution during replication in project areas
 Developed a community peace constituency
 through customized communications strategies
 At least 50 % of 600 barangays covered show
positive increase in awareness  of barangay
justice peace initiatives
 Policy advocacy  initiatives on ADR promoted  At least 50 % of 60 LGUs showed positive  
increase in attitude towards ADR mechanisms
to promote community peace
 GRF institutional capacity as technical service
provider in ADR enhanced
 Organized one provincial BJA Academy with trained
trainers capable of providing fee-based capacity
building services on demand
   


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.