The Cebu Provincial Government equipped Argao barangay officials with basic legal knowledge through its legal outreach program in the municipality last Nov. 17.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III highlighted the importance of the program in carrying out their responsibilities.
“Importante kaayo ni kung naay krimen, kay kung dili maayo pagkadala sa kaso dili kini maabot sa husgado (This is very important because if a case is not handled properly it will be dismissed immediately before it reaches to the court),” said the governor.
The participants came from the 45 barangays in the town. They include barangay officers, tanods and lupons.
There was a discussion on the procedures on search and seizure and arrest. The Philippine Alternative Resolution Dispute Inc. was also there to help them acquire mediation and conciliation techniques.
She added that a barangay captain played a very important role in the success of a raid against human trafficking in Bogo City. Thankfully, she said, Provincial Legal Office (PLO) already conducted legal lectures to the barangay officials in the city earlier.
Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Orvi Ortega said the officials will also be lectured on how to make resolutions and ordinances, as well as the basic provisions on the anti-drug law.
He said the barangay officials will be made witnesses in the raid involving drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
“Kung kulang gud atong kaalam, duwa-duwaan lang ta nila (If we lack knowledge, they will make us look like fools),” he said.
He admitted that they have undergone mandatory seminar from the Department of the Interior and Local Government upon their assumption as barangay captains.
However, they cannot immediately absorb all the courses.
The PLO already conducted similar activities in nine local government units in the province.
The program is part of the Capitol’s initiative to develop the human infrastructure under the new administration.
Davide and Magpale also launched the “Bugasan sa Kababayen-an” Project in Argao.
They also led the ceremonial distribution of three kilos of rice to each of the 2,000 senior citizens in the town.