Justice and Peace
Barangay Justice for Peace Project
The Barangay Justice for Peace (BJP) Project was a two-year engagement between Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF) and USAID as its funder. The Project directly addressed the USAID Strategic Objective of “enhancing security by reducing conflict in Mindanao and other areas vulnerable to violence”. The overall goal of the Project is the reduction of violent conflicts in unserved ARMM and non-ARMM barangays through the promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms by training and mobilizing Barangay Justice Advocates (BJAs) to settle conflicts in the community. The Project also aimed to enhance capacities in BJP implementation of partner Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) in 8 project areas in Mindanao.
These BJAs are trained with basic mediation and counseling under the Basic Certification Course and in leadership, felonies and special laws and advanced mediation and counseling. Once trained, a BJA functions as mediator, peace counselor, network-builder and educator. As a peace counselor, a BJA facilitates the conflict settlement process appropriate to the nature of the dispute between parties to prevent conflict from escalating into violence. The BJA’s skills as an advocate has also been enhanced by equipping him with tools such as Peace Communication Planning and the use of dialogues and customized popular education materials to create peace constituencies through localized peace messages.
The Project covered 601 barangays spread over eight (8) conflict affected areas in Mindanao (Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Zamboanga Sibugay, Dipolog City and Pagadian City) with a total of 4,019 BJAs trained.