The Zambales Provincial Awards Committee (PAC) chaired by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Zambales Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad, CESO Vtogether with its Co-Chairperson, Associate Provincial Prosecutor Atty. Emmanuel N. Mas, Jr., of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its membersLiga ng mga Barangay Provincial Federation President Hon. Raedag A. Villamin, Jr., Zambales Provincial Police Office (ZPPO) Deputy Provincial Director for Administration PLTCOL Arnel Morales Dial, and CSO Representative from Mike Delta Force Intelligence and Communication Group, Ms. Evelyn Ebuen, convened todayApril 8, 2021 for the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives and Awards (LTIA) CY 2021 Provincial Assessment via Zoom online platform.

Said undertaking shall confirm the official provincial entries for the said search for year 2021 implementation, and shall be endorsed to the Regional Awards Committee (RAC) to represent the province.

In her welcome message, PD Bactad expressed her gratitude to each PAC member for offering time and effort to participate in the activity despite their busy schedules— giving importance to the gains of the LTIA despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Government Operations Officers (LGOO) II Stephany A. Panaligan and Paulin Johanne L. Reyes presented to the participants a brief refresher on the LTIA, the provisions of DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2016-58 or the LTIA enhanced criteria and guidelines, and the CY 2021 LTIA Implementation and standard documentation report for the assessment year, among others.

Moreover, LGOO II Reyes presented the pre-assessment results conducted by the DILG Zambales on the submitted LTIA Municipal Winners of the 13 municipalities for the two categories 1st to 3rd class municipalities and 4th to 6th class municipalities. She also discussed the assessment procedure in coming up with the said results.

Assessment results note that Barangay Rizal of San Marcelino garnered an average score of 93.9% and was declared as the Provincial Winner for the category of 1st to 3rd class municipality, followed by Barangay San Isidro of Subic which garnered an average score of 92.8%.

On the other hand, none of the lupon tagapamayapa entries from the 4th to 6th Class Municipalities reached the quota rating of 90% to qualify for endorsement to the assessment for the Regional Levelleaving the PAC to only endorse Barangay Rizal as the provincial entry for the 1st to 3rd Class municipalities category for LTIA 2021.

The Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives and Awards (LTIA) is an awards and incentives strategy of the DILG that recognizes outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa that adequately demonstrate ability to judiciously and expeditiously resolve cases referred to them and demonstrates exemplary performance and commendable contributions in the promotion of Katarungang Pambarangay (KP).

Amidst the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it did not hinder the LTIA Provincial Assessment Committee to come up with the provincial winner through the utilization of online channels for all submitted municipal entries.

By: ADAS II King Andrew Phil A. Apsay