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Bontoc creates municipal boundary relocation trust fund

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (13 February) -- To ensure no provocations along frontiers with adjacent municipalities that may cause conflicts resulting to physical harms, killings and tribal wars, the Sangguniang Bayan of Bontoc enacted Municipal Ordinance No. 142, s. 2009 - creating a Municipal Boundary Relocation Trust Fund to finance the relocation survey of Bontoc municipal boundaries.

Since its creation, the boundaries of this municipality have never been given priority. Due to meager municipal revenues, relocation surveys of boundaries relegated in terms of prioritization of community development.

The municipal officials believe that they should know the exact boundaries for purposes of area protection from encroachment and extend of development from the center to the frontiers. Thus, the need to address these decade boundary problems through long range

There are four adjacent municipalities of Bontoc within the province namely Sadanga in the North, Sabangan in the South, Barlig in the East and Sagada in the West and also two adjacent municipalities of Ifugao Province namely Banaue in the East and Hungduan in the Southeast.

As a legacy to the peaceful co-existence of future generations in this municipality, it time for the present and incoming officials of this municipality to take cognizance of the importance of documenting the frontiers by providing yearly appropriations until completion, the ordinance stated.

It is provided in this ordinance that it shall be the obligation of incumbent municipal council to appropriate yearly municipal trust fund in the amount of P50,000.00 to finance relocation survey of boundaries until completed. Other sources for the Municipal Boundary Relocation Trust Fund shall be savings from boundary dispute allocation.

The yearly Municipal Boundary Relocation Trust Fund appropriation shall be set for the social and technical expenses. Any unexpended every year shall be barred from realignment until all the adjacent boundaries shall have been fixed and documented. (PIA-MP) [top]

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