What disputes can be brought to the Lupong Tagapamayapa for amicable settlement?
The Lupong Tagapamayapa of each barangay has authority to bring together the parties actually residing in the same city or municipality for amicable settlement of all disputes except:

  • Where one party is the government, or any subdivision or instrumentality thereof
  • Where one party is a public officer or employee, and the dispute relates to the performance of his official functions
  • Offenses punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year or a fine exceeding P5,000
  • Offenses where there is no private offended party
  • Where the dispute involves real properties located in different cities or municipalities unless the parties thereto agree to submit their differences to amicable settlement by an appropriate lupon
  • Disputes involving parties who actually reside in barangays of different cities or municipalities, except where such barangay units adjoin each other and the parties thereto agree to submit their differences to amicable settlement by an appropriate lupon

Sangguniang Kabataan
The Sangguniang Kabataan is composed of a chairperson, seven members, a secretary, and a treasurer.

Who may be elected to the Sangguniang Kabataan?

  • A citizen of the Philippines
  • At least 15 years but not more than 21 years of age on election day
  • A qualified voter of the katipunan ng kabataan (The katipunan ng kabataan is composed of all citizens of the Philippines actually residing in a barangay for at least six months, who are 15 but not more than 21 years of age, and who are duly registered in the list of the Sangguniang Kabataan or in the official barangay list in the custody of the barangay secretary)
  • A resident of the barangay for at least one year immediately before election
  • " Able to read and write Filipino, English, or the local dialect

What happens if a permanent vacancy occurs in the Sangguniang Kabataan?

  • A Sangguniang Kabataan official who, during his or her term of office, passes the age of 21 years is allowed to serve the remaining portion of the term for which he or she was elected.
  • In case a Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson refuses to assume office, fails to qualify, is convicted of a felony, voluntarily resigns, dies, is permanently incapacitated, is removed from office, or has been absent without leave for more than three consecutive months, the Sangguniang Kabataan member who obtained the next highest number of votes in the election immediately preceding will assume the office of the chairperson for the unexpired portion of the term. Where two or more Sangguniang Kabataan members obtained the same next highest number of votes, the other Sangguniang Kabataan members will conduct an election to choose the successor to the chairperson from among the said members.
  • After the vacancy has been filled, the Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson will call a special election to complete the membership of said sanggunian. Such Sangguniang Kabataan member will hold office for the unexpired portion of the term of the vacant seat.

What the Sangguniang Kabataan can do

  • Promulgate resolutions necessary to carry out the objectives of the youth in the barangay
  • Initiate programs designed to enhance the social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, moral, spiritual, and physical development of the members
  • Hold fund-raising activities, the proceeds of which shall be tax-exempt and shall accrue to the general fund of the Sangguniang Kabataan
  • Create such bodies or committees as it may deem necessary to effectively carry out its programs and activities
  • Consult and coordinate with all youth organizations in the barangay for policy formulation and program implementation
  • Coordinate with the appropriate national agency for the implementation of youth development projects and programs at the national level

Source: The Local Government Code


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