Solve border dispute, council told

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Monday, September 12, 2011


THE United Banawa-Englis Association Inc. (UBEAI) wants the Cebu City Council to solve the boundary dispute between Barangays Guadalupe and Labangon.

This, so that the plebiscite that allows the formation of a new barangay out of Sitios Banawa and Englis from Barangay Guadalupe will already be conducted.

In a letter to Councilor Margarita Osmeña, UBEAI president Crispin Villarin pointed out that the case has already been stalled for more than a year.

In its regular session last week, the council advised Barangays Guadalue and Labangon to prepare for a boundary dispute proceeding before the Sangguniang Panglungsod, sitting as a Committee of the Whole.

The council has decided to tackle the boundary dispute as a Committee of the Whole after the barangays failed to amicably settle it during a mediation proceeding before a Committee of Three formed by the council.

The committee was composed of City Councilors Edgardo Labella, Sisinio Andales and Nida Cabrera.

Approved

In 2009, then south district congressman Antonio Cuenco authored Republic Act 9905 or “An Act Creating a Barangay to be known as Barangay Banawa-Englis in the City of Cebu.” It was approved in January 2010.

What was only needed then was the holding of a plebiscite.

But Labangon village chief Victor Buendia succeeded in getting a temporary restraining order that prevented the Commission on Elections to conduct a plebiscite that would have recognized a new barangay in Banawa-Englis.

Had the plebiscite been conducted and Barangay Banawa-Englis formally created, Buendia, who was then a barangay councilor, would have been disenfranchised, because he is from Rosalina Village, which was deemed part of the new barangay.

Claims

Labangon is staking claim to the following areas: Rosalina Village, Emmanuel Bible College, Verano Compound I, Verano Compound II, Sitio Kawayan, Sitio San Roque, Sitio Sto. Niño, Golden Base, Sta. Ana, Francisca Abella, Paseo Arcenas, Doña Cristina Subdivision and Twelve Sisters.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 12, 2011.

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