We thought all along that to be able to teach delinquent renters a lesson, we should immediately file a case in court – not knowing that the best way is very accessible just right at your own Baranggay as quoted in Section 417 of the Republic Act 7140 referred to as the Local Government Code of the Philippines. Here’s the link to the R.A. 7140 but also note this quoted paragraph below:
Section 417. Execution. – The amicable settlement or arbitration award may be enforced by execution by the lupon within six (6) months from the date of the settlement. After the lapse of such time, the settlement may be enforced by action in the appropriate city or municipal court.http://pinoygov.blogspot.com/2013/04/local-government-code-section-384-to-439.html
The role of the Baranggay is not just for mediation, noting agreements or kasunduan and reconciling two parties. It also has to execute the agreement and impose the consequences set should the defendant fails to comply with what is agreed upon. Therefore, it is very important to vote for a Baranggay Chairman who has the political will to implement the rules set before him or her.
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