Mindanao Times

DavOr, Surigao Sur finally settle decadesold boundary dispute

- BY CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO

THE PROVINCES of Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur have settled their 28-year boundary dispute.

In a joint session of the two provincial government­s here Tuesday, they decided to come up with a joint ordinance that details their political boundaries in the towns of Boston for Davao Oriental and Lingig for Surigao del Sur.

The joint ordinance becomes the basis of the agreement of the two provinces which, in 2015, agreed in principle to resolve their despute.

“The new political boundary shall be drawn according to the output map utilizing the coordinate­s in delineatin­g the area to be ceded to the Province of Davao Oriental. Provided, however, in the delineatio­n process, the existing buildup areas belonging to Barangay Rajah Cabungsuan of Lingig shall be excluded in the compromise agreement,” a provision in the ordinance reads.

Based on the press statement from Davao Oriental, part of a property which used to belong to Surigao del Sur “will now become part of the municipali­ty of Boston (in Davao Oriental),” explained Davao Oriental Vice Governor Niño Sotero L. Uy Jr. explained.

“However, only nonbuild-up areas or those areas without existing structures or communitie­s will be delineated to Davao Oriental while those areas with existing structures and developmen­t will remain as part of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, thus, assuring that there will be no confusion in the part of the communitie­s settling in the areas,” added Mr. Uy.

The statement added that of the 6,000-hectare area that was a subject of the dispute, 2,600 hectares will become part of Davao Oriental.

As part of the implicatio­n of the settlement of the

dispute, added Uy, the province is expecting an increase in its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). “There will be adjustment­s in the IRA subject to computatio­n by the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Finance. But definitely there will be an increase in the IRA for Davao Oriental,” he said.

The dispute started when Surigao del Sur questioned the authority of Davao Oriental after its governor then, Rosalind Y Lopez, issued several small-scale mining permits for an area in village in Boston.

It was during the time of then governors Corazon N. Malanyaon of Davao Oriental and Johnny T. Pimentel of Surigao del Sur when they decided to settle the dispute during their joint session in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Both officials eventually became members of Congress.

 ?? BING GONZALES ?? AN ENFORCER from the City Transport and Traffic Management Office assigned at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal uses surgical mask as an anti-pollution measure and the coronaviru­s.
BING GONZALES AN ENFORCER from the City Transport and Traffic Management Office assigned at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal uses surgical mask as an anti-pollution measure and the coronaviru­s.

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