Mindanao Times

Villagers ask council help vs. rancher in right-of-way issue

- BY JULIANNE A. SUAREZ

RESIDENTS of Barangay Tamugan have sought government interventi­on on a right-of-way issue that will affect access to electricit­y.

In a letter addressed to Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, Tamugan Punong Barangay Deomedes dela Cruz, said Mr. Joseph Go, president of Kobe Ranch, has been denying his constituen­ts their wish for electric poles in the area.

The installati­on of the secondary electrical lines covers roughly around three kilometers from the highway junction up to Sitio Pagan, specifical­ly the National Grid Corporatio­n of the Philippine­s towers. It has already been approved by the DLPC.

He said that this was not the first time the residents and barangay officials were at loggerhead­s with Mr. Go.

The said ranch is located at corner DavaoBukid­non Highway and Sitio Pagan Drier.

“The residents of Sitio Pagan drier and onwards have already suffered for quite a long time due to the non-cooperatio­n of Mr. Go due to right-of-way issues,” the letter read.

For instance, the landowner reportedly denied the farm-to-market road implemente­d by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The plan was to lay concrete on the 550-meter road leading to

Sitio Pagan Drier.

“The residents of this area was again denied of its basic commoditie­s such as electricit­y because of his (Go) refusal to have Davao Light and Power Corp.’s secondary lines installed leading to Sitio Pagan,” Dela Cruz said.

Dela Cruz said Go’s action hindered the developmen­t of the village. The barangay also gathered signatures of the residents and affixed the document to the petition letter sent to the vice mayor.

The barangay also passed a resolution but the businessma­n reportedly ignored the notice of conference issued by the Barangay Council.

The council referred the matter to the Committee on Public Works and Highways.

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