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  • Title: A Primer on the Barangay Justice with ADR Law
  • Author: Judge Eliza B. Yu, LLM
  • Publisher: Central Book Supply, Inc.
  • ISBN: 978-971-011-204-3
  • No. Of Pages: 180
  • Size: 6"x9"
  • Binding: Softbound
  • Description:

    We belong to a country where our government spent huge amount of money for adversarial litigations that generate hostile feelings between the parties who are involved in expensive and protracted law suits. In 2009, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Accomplishment Report and Executive Summary reported a total of 4, 154, 587 pauper clients assisted and a total of 591, 358 cases handled. In 2008, the National Prosecution Service (NPS) handled a total of 417,000 cases for preliminary investigation and a total of more or less 750,000 cases in the first and level courts averaging to 1 prosecutor for every 406 court cases. In 2007, the case load of First Level Courts totalled to 546, 314 while the case load of Second Level courts totalled to 546, 033. With these high figures, we have congested court dockets, a perennial problem since time immemorial, that hamper access to justice by the poor, a right enshrined in our Constitution. Part of the solution to this problem is to resort to Katarungang Pambarangay, known also as Barangay Justice as an alternative way of settling disputes in a cheaper and faster way. To realize this better dispute resolution, there must be an information campaign to the public, and so out of this imposing purpose, this book A PRIMER ON THE BARANGAY JUSTICE WITH ADR LAW was made upon the suggestion of a former UP College of Law Dean Froilan M. Bacungan, who was a member of Presidential Decree No. 1293 that created a presidential commission tasked with a duty of studying the feasibility of instituting a system of settling disputes among the members in the barangay without going to the courts. The author, Judge Eliza B. Yu, LLM was a former Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairman and an Ex Officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay in 1992. As SK Chairman, among others, she was exposed to the legislative works in the Barangay ; She exercised the duties and responsibilities of a Barangay official; and she gained experience on simple matters dealing with the Barangay Justice System. She finished her pre-law degree from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas without paying any tuition fees as a Department of Interior and Local Government Scholar because of her position as SK Chairman. In a way, this book is her humble way of thanking the Barangay and the DILG for the free education from 1993 to 1996. She earned the distinction as the only SK Chairman from the province (Western Samar) who became a National Capital Region (Pasay City) Metropolitan Trial Court Judge in the country.