Tuba seeks aid on Sison dispute-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Tuba officials flocked to the provincial board to seek aid in a long standing boundary dispute with Sison, Pangasinan.
Tuba Councilor Gary Behis, chair of the local committee on Lands, has sought the aid of provincial legislators on how to resolve the boundary dispute with Sison town in Pangasinan.
Behis said the town is open to proposals.
"We do not close our minds to proposals for this issue," he said.
Behis said there are over 200,000 hectares in question where some Tuba and Sison residents are situated.
Behis said the boundary disputes have affected the IRA of the town as well as caused confusion for some residents.
A Pangasinan board resolution has sought a fast tracking of the boundary dispute in a bid to resolve the matter.
The dispute with Benguet involves six villages including Barangay Alibeng in Sison, Pangasinan where the Northern Cement Plant is located, which is being claimed by Tuba.
The province is plagued with numerous inter-provincial and inter-municipality boundary issues with Ilocos, Sison, La Union, Nueva Viscaya and Baguio City.
Governor Nestor Fongwan said the matter has to be elevated to the provincial board for it to be tackled by province officials as long as the respective municipalities deal with the issues, it will remain an inter municipality concern.
The matter, if not settled amicably, remains in the jurisdiction of the municipalities. To date the Tuba land dispute is still at the municipal level.
In last week’s provincial board meeting the possibility of forming a Technical Working Group composed of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) has been discussed.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 01, 2013.