Mindanao

DENR-12 sets survey to address barangay boundary conflicts

BOUNDARY SURVEY. Lawyer Felix Alicer, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 12 executive director, presents in a meeting in Koronadal City on Wednesday (March 17, 2021) the initial map of barangays in Malungon town, Sarangani in preparation for an upcoming survey to properly delineate their boundaries. Four barangays in Malungon have been selected as pilot areas of the initiative. (Photo courtesy of DENR-12)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 has chosen at least four barangays in Sarangani province as pilot areas for its political boundary survey this year.

Lawyer Felix Alicer, DENR-Region 12 executive director, said Thursday the initiative aims to address the boundary conflicts affecting the concerned barangays through the proper delineation of their respective land areas.

He said the preparations are underway for the launching of the pilot survey in Barangays Talus, Kawayan, Banate and Malalag Cogon in Malungon.

Alicer, along with personnel from the agency’s survey and mapping division, met with officials of Malungon town in Koronadal City on Wednesday to in preparation for the conduct of the surveys.

DENR-12 presented during the meeting the initial map of the land area and boundaries of the four barangays.

The official said the upcoming survey will specifically determine the metes and bounds of the barangays, which he cited as vital in the delivery of services to communities.

“You cannot manage what you cannot measure,” he said in a statement.

Alicer clarified that the agency will not pinpoint and establish the boundaries but will guide and assist the concerned local government units in identifying their borders.

He said the completion of the political boundary survey will eventually pave the way for the establishment of barangay boundary monuments in the said areas.

The agency is targeting to also later launch the survey in other areas in the region that have pending conflicts with barangay boundaries.

Malungon Mayor Ma. Theresa Constantino lauded the DENR-12 for providing its assistance in addressing the overlapping and conflicting boundaries of their barangays.

She expressed full support to the initiative and assured the cooperation of the municipal government and the concerned barangays. 

(Allen Estabillo/PNA/SRNY/RSP)

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