VALENZUELA CITY has conquered another milestone as 94% of its 33 barangays have sent their officials and members of ‘Lupong Tagapamayapa’ to Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Basic Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) skills training held recently in Quezon City.

The goal of the training, according to Atty. Rodan Parrocha, officer-in-charge of the DOJ’s Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution, is to promote settling of conflicts between/among parties in a peaceful manner before bringing the issues into courts.

It includes mediation, conciliation and arbitration. Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR aims to lessen up the piling number of complaints in different justice courts and to become worthy in advocating peace and reconciliation in the society.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian was all praises for the entire village officials along with the ‘Lupon’ members for their effort and cooperation in attending such training saying their immediate constituents will benefit from it.

“My administration will continue to extend all forms of assistance and support to the entire barangays and their officials who have been the city government’s consistent partners in carrying out projects and programs for the residents without delay,” Mayor Gatchalian said.


The Save the Children has chosen Navotas as the first locality in the National Capital Region (NCR) for its Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Outpatient Therapeutic Center (CMAM-OTC).

Concerned city offices and barangay chairmen signed a memorandum of agreement with the international organization which has been known globally for providing both emergency and long-term support to improve the quality of life for children.

The CMAM-OTC will provide treatment and rehabilitation to severe acute malnutrition patients using Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food and will regularly monitor their progress, according to the city’s public information officer Irish Cubillan.

CMAM is a methodology for treating acute malnutrition in young children using a case-finding and triage approach. It helps in the timely detection of SAM in the community and provision of treatment to those without medical complications.

“We are grateful that the Save the Children chose to set up the first CMAM-OTC in NCR here in Navotas. More than just an on-point treatment facility for the severely malnourished, the center helps provide long-term solutions to the city’s malnutrition problem,” Mayor John Rey Tiangco said.

The local government will officially launch the District I CMAM-OTC within this month at the Barangay North Bay Boulevard South Phase 1C Multi-purpose Hall. GOOD RIDDANCE/ARLIE CALALO

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