International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

“Barangay Justice Service System (BJSS) Project as an Alternative Mechanism in Dispute Resolution in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines: A Content Analysis”.
Dr. Radzak Abag Sam, Annierah Maulana Usop, Solayha Abubakar – Sam

This paper discusses a project called “Barangay Justice Service System (BJSS) implemented in Maguindanao Province of Southern Philippines whose purpose is to provide awareness and easy access to justice by improving the awareness and technical know- how of individuals handling disputes and cases at the local level. Specifically, the paper delved into analysis of the content and subject areas of the project, including the mechanisms and strategies adopted covering five (5) modules of implementation which include: Katarungan Pambarangay; Counselling; Mediation, Para Legal; and Shariah or P.D. 1083, known as “The Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines.”As it was envisioned, the project implementation resulted to a more accessible and inexpensive justice services at the local communities in Maguindanao Province. This is evidenced by the reduction of cases filed at the regular trial courts, especially those of civil cases that are within the jurisdiction of the Katarungan Pambarangay level. A more improved and systematic ways of settling disputes at the local level were also established by providing proper documentations and records of cases, and settlements which were not properly given attention in the past at the barangay level. In the end, the program became successful because of the support not only of the local leaders, but including the community residents due to its relevance, and responsiveness towards seeking a speedy and impartial delivery justice services at the local level.

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