The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently commenced the social preparation efforts in settling the tri-boundary land dispute involving two municipalities in Central Mindanao.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Marion Abella said DAR has dispatched 13 validators and two survey teams to look into the relocation and subdivision survey of affected areas of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat and Tulunan, North Cotabato.
The validation team from North Cotabato is composed of Wilmer Andoy, Oding Yusoph, Alexis Untal, Leopoldo Torrejos, Luzel Marie Antes, Reno Olivares, Roquito Pragados, Emma Cortez while Sultan Kudarat Team is composed of Jay Embajador, Levi Perales, Ampawa Ampang, Rahyll Saga, Mohammad Saudi Adam.
The ground validation and relocation survey will be conducted from Mondays to Fridays starting this month until July 2015.
“Prior to the sending-off of the validators and survey teams, we had conducted a meeting with the affected farmers informing them about the purpose of the activity to avoid misunderstanding and prevent any untoward incident,” Abella said.
“The relocation survey in the conflicted areas and identification of actual occupants will be conducted in the 92 lots affecting 435 agrarian reform beneficiaries. Out of 92 lots, 55 were contested.”
Abella also added that the relocation and subdivision survey will be done in three separate sites with a combined area of 2,478 hectares.
Since last year, DAR have conducted series of meetings with the Committee of Land Conflict of Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, LGUs of Tulunan & Columbio, Region XII DILG Director, Chairman/Representative CCCH –GPH; and Chairman/Representative CCCH-MILF to formulate a systematic action plan to facilitate the speedy resolution of the Columbio-Tulunan Boundary Conflict.
Abella said that DAR has created the Regional Task Force on Columbio-Tulunan Tri-boundary conflict. It is composed of Atty. Adela Rodin, Wilmer Andoy, Oding Yusoph, Alexis Untal, Leopoldo Torrijos, Luzel Marie Antes, Reno Olivares, Roquito Pragados, Emma Cortez, Rose Marie Orig, Atty. Edwin Baraquia, Jay Embajador, Levi Perales, Ampawa Ampang, Rahyll Saga, and Mohammad Saudi Adam.
Meanwhile, Tulunan Municipal Mayor Lani Candolada enjoined her concerned constituents to cooperate for the speedy resolution of the land dispute.
“We will never give up. I want to settle it at the soonest possible time so that our vision for peace, development, and security for Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao will be realized,” Candolada said. (Rodel Orejudos)