SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 26 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Norte spearheaded a coordination meeting with other concerned government agencies on Sept. 15, 2016 at the Gateway Hotel, this city.
Other government agencies present during the meeting were representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and the 30IB of the Philippine Army.
The discussion puts emphasis on conflicting claims on ancestral domain lands and timber lands that were allegedly covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and were issued with Certificate of Land Ownership Awards in the barangays of Bunyasan, Cansayong, Hanagdong and Tinago, all of Malimono town, Surigao del Norte.
The meeting also focused on the issues regarding land tenure and security, and issues on mining activities of the identified above barangays under the Peace and Development Outreach Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Lt. Ryan D. Layug of the 30IB said he was overwhelmed with the result and stressed that the purpose of the coordination meeting between the concerned government agencies is to iron out and look for a common solution that will answer the identified issues of the concerned communities. (Daryll M. Tumbaga, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)