Alderman urges DENR to pursue segregation of barangays

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By Briccio Cesar Domondon

The Council Reports

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


RELYING on the contents of a Memorandum from the Regional Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the OIC Director of the DENR Lands Management Bureau, City Councilor Leandro Yangot filed Monday with the city council, a proposed resolution urging the DENR-CAR to pursue the segregation of all Baguio city barangays within the Camp John Hay Reservation.

In his proposed legislative measure Yangot cited conditionality No. 14 of Resolution No. 362 series of 1994 which provides that, "EXCLUSION OF

AFFECTED BARANGAYS - The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) shall exclude all the affected barangays from the John Hay reservation", among his reasons in urging the DENR-CAR to pursue the segregation process of the barangays within the said reservation. He also mentioned that on July 21, 2014 the DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Paquito T. Moreno issued a memorandum for the OIC Director of the Lands Management Bureau, which apparently upholds the spirit and intent of Resolution 362 series of 1994.

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The memorandum also makes it clear that it is the DENR who has sole authority in the disposition of public lands and that it shall take the lead in the disposing the lots covered by the affected barangays in accordance with the dictates of the Public Land Act.

The said memorandum from the DENR Regional executive Director was actually in response to another memorandum dated May 22, 2014 in connection with the special patent application of BCDA covering parcels of land situation within Camp John Hay.

In his memorandum Regional Executive Director Moreno noted that in reference to the previous abovementioned memorandum the issuance of the special patent as applied for by BCDA could not be finalized because of several circumstances among which is the compliance with the 19 conditionalities imposed by the city particularly in the segregation of the 14 barangays within the reservation.

These barangays include Green Water, Country club, Upper Dagsian, Lower Dagsian, Sta. Escolastica, Hillside, Happy Hallow, Loakan Apugan, Atok Trail, Loakan Proper, Camp 7, Loakan Liwanag, Lucnab, and a portion of Outlook Drive.

Moreno further mentioned in his memorandum that in connection with the said segregation process it is of paramount importance that the boundaries of the affected barangays be properly delineated through the conduct of an appropriate segregation survey and the determination which of these barangays are untitled and which are covered by titles.

In his memorandum, Moreno also reminded the OIC Director of the DENR Land Management Bureau of the institutional policy that a Presidential proclamation is necessary for the segregation of untitled barangays.

Once the untitled barangays are segregated, the DENR being the sole authority in the disposition of public lands shall take the lead in disposing the lot covered by these barangays pursuant to the provisions of the Public land Act, he added.

With this development, Councilor Yangot pointed out in his proposed legislative measure that the City Government of Baguio can now properly address the segregation of all barangay in the city within the Camp John Hay reservation which are not titled. In this regard, the alderman is thus urging the DENR-CAR to pursue the segregation of the said barangays from the Camp John Hay reservation.

The said proposed resolution was included in the agenda last Monday as item 47 while the rules were suspended. However, during its deliberation the members of the august body decided that the matter be referred to the appropriate committee for further study and recommendation.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 06, 2014.

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