Bound­ary hear­ing post­poned

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Alimondo

THE HEAR­ING over the 147 hectare bound­ary dis­pute be­tween ad­ja­cent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Mankayan, Benguet and Cer­vantes, Ilo­cos Sur set on Novem­ber 10 will be moved next year.

Board Mem­ber Johnny Waguis said the hear­ing was moved af­ter four mem­bers of the Benguet Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan trav­elled to Viet­nam for the sign­ing of Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment for a sis­ter­hood pact.

Waguis added they are also still wait­ing for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cer­vantes to sub­mit its amended for­mal com­plaint and has given Mankayan 30 days to sub­mit their an­swer.

"Wa l a pang nais­usub­mit ang Cer­vantes so aabot ng next year, aan­tayin namin iy­ong pe­ti­tion com­plaint ng Cer­vantes, kung hindi sila mag­susub­mit hindi namin maisched­ule iy­ong next hear­ing," said Waguis.

The dis­pute be­gan in 2012 when the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) ap­proved the cadas­tral plan of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cer­vantes but later on found over­lap with the cadas­tral plan of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Mankayan.

With the dis­pute still on process, Gov­er­nor Cres­cen­cio Pa­calso said there is still a pos­si­bil­ity it can be set­tled for as long as both par­ties are will­ing to sit down and com­pro­mise.

How­ever, ear­lier Ilo­cos Sur of­fi­cials moved to de­clare a fail­ure in set­tle­ments when Mankayan of­fi­cials failed to ap­pear dur­ing hear­ings.

“As long as both are will­ing to come up with a com­pro­mise, if they are will­ing to sit down there is still a chance but if one party has close its mind on the mat­ter, there is no chance,” said Pa­calso.

Pa­calso cited the case of Buguias and Mankayan where only one party has of­fered to com­pro­mise but the other party sticks to what they want giv­ing the pro­vin­cial board harder time to de­cide.

“I have been with Sang­gu­nian for a long time and I also been han­dling the bound­ary dis­putes. In most cases, we try to ask the two par­ties to find a com­pro­mise,” added Pa­calso.

“We ad­vise them to come into terms for a win-win sit­u­a­tion that would be ad­vis­able and most of the time many agree,” Pa­calso quipped.

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