Mabalacat City Should Keep its Boundaries

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, December 12, 2013

IT'S ONLY right that Mabalacat City should keep its metes and bounds intact.

The latest claims of Bamban and for that matter the whole province of Tarlac are most probably based on conjectures and not on evidence, documentary at that. Mabalacat City's lien is anterior and superior than that of Bamban's no matter what the latest political boundary maps unilaterally made in favor of the latter purports to show.

I personally saw the evidence -- the maps -- showing vividly the demarcation lines defining the separate territorial jurisdiction of each claimant; Mabalacat retains Barangay Calumpang and in addition two of Bamban's barangays, namely:

San Vicente and Sto. Nino. Nothing further. The political maps prepared as early as 1916, could not be wrong.

Anyway, the case should be heard by the joint Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pampanga and Tarlac, to the exclusion of other fora, as provided for in the Local Government Code.

Aside from laws supporting Mabalacat's posture on its boundaries, the law creating Mabalacat City expressly provides that it exercises jurisdiction over areas existing when the law was created.

Besides, the people in Barangay Calumpang have expressed their willingness to be under the jurisdiction of Mabalacat City; have voted as villagers of the barangay and have recognized the authority of the officials of the now Mabalacat City.
Besides, would the villagers opt for a much lower share of the IRA if they were under the municipality of Bamban?


From newspaper reports come some encouraging accounts that the country's jobless rate dropped slightly in October this year from year-ago level, "necessitating sustained efforts to translate the rapid expansion of the economy into more jobs and reduced poverty".

The National Statistics Office reported that the unemployment rate in October stood at 6.5%, down from 6.8% in the same month last year.

This scenario should be replicated in the closing moments of 2013. More jobs, more income especially this Christmas season. On December 13, we (at Peso) will have one last staging of a jobs fair at San Joaquin covered court, Mabalacat City where employers will give job interviews to applicants.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 13, 2013.


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