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                The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XI has recently launched a program entitled “Political Boundary Survey of Governor Generoso 2013” on August 23, 2013, at the municipal lobby, Poblacion, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. This project aims to define boundaries of the 20 barangays in the municipality.

                 Notable persons present to grace the occasion were the concerned municipal employees and barangay officials as their presence are sorely needed. There were several PENRO’s and CENRO’s who came to support the event. The 28th Infantry Battalion and Philippine National Police headed by 1st Lieutenant Hermie V. Montelibano and Governor Generoso PNP Chief, Rodante F. Varona were also present not just to maintain the peace and order within the vicinity but also to be informed.

 Political boundaries give a particular municipality or barangay areas to which a particular political entity can execute its authority.

 This political boundary survey is one of the activities under Cadastral Survey provided for in Republic Act 2259 or the Cadastral Act. This is geared towards establishing project control points to every barangay.

             As further discussed by Engr. Francisco Nuena, there will be two project controls to be placed every barangay. These will served as proofs that the conflict has already been closed and settled.

 There were several issues and conflicts that popped out regarding political boundaries. In Governor Generoso alone, there were six barangays that has dispute on their boundaries.  According to Engr. Nuena, the local government officials did not put too much attention in political boundaries until the Republic Act 7160 of 1991 called Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) or share of revenues from Philippine National Government was created.

              Hon. Mayor Vicente D. Orencia urged the concerned barangays that has boundary conflict to cooperate. “This is a give and take process to make the project runs smoothly,” he stated during his opening message.

              The DENR will be conducting cadastral survey in 13 municipalities free of charge which fortunately includes the municipality of Governor Generoso. “The survey will run for 210 calendar days (7 months). Its main purpose is to register the lands to prevent future unnecessary conflicts.  This will also help define the actual area covered by every municipality because the Philippine area is getting bigger with no definite boundaries.” stated Atty. Felix S. Alicer, Regional Technical Director for LMS XI.

 Before the event ended, an open forum took place. Some concerns were raised and satisfactorily being answered. Along the discussion, Hon. Municipal Councilor Ermian Limbadan – the Committee on Housing and Land Utilization, suggested to set time and date to listen to the issues of the disagreeing barangays.

 Few DENR officers have spoken during the event. And they all have only one desire and that is technical assistance and coordination of local officials in determining the boundaries. Because once the conflict is not resolved within the prescribed period of time, the local officials will settle it themselves and will probably spend money to pay to the surveyors for the contract of free service has already expired.

-sheryl carios


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