Benguet, La Union talk boundary dispute-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- La Union Governor Manuel Ortega has written Governor Nestor Fongwan asking for talks to settle a long standing boundary dispute.
In the letter, Ortega requested a meeting with the Provincial Board, committees on Municipal Affairs and Boundary Disputes and other delegates led by both governors of the two areas "to hold a meeting preferably in La Union to discuss and agree to resolve our provincial boundary dispute as soon as possible."
Ortega has also asked the province to bring copies of technical survey during the meeting. "So that our respective provincial delegations can meet for discussions at the soonest," the La Union governor said.
Fongwan has forwarded the letter request to the Provincial Board for their favorable action.
There is no date set for the meeting as of press time.
The disputed area covers a total of 44,926 hectares between Pugo, La Union and Tuba, Benguet.
Previously, the local council of Tuba asked the Provincial Board to take an official stand on the boundary dispute between the two areas, stating the problem has brought confusion in the computation of the town's total internal revenue allotment by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
La Union records show, the province has already submitted their technical survey of the boundaries in question as shown by the attachment sent by Ortega with the letter request.
The La Union provincial officials are reiterating the request for the Benguet Province to submit the same and sit down for a meeting in a bid to resolve the disputes.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 21, 2013.