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Comval LGU wants consulted about Diwalwal development

by JD Abangan

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (11 March) -- "We should be consulted," Provincial Governor Arturo T. Uy said of the programs in the development of Mt. Diwalwal.

Uy has no qualms about the national government taking the reign of developing the gold-rush but he wants the local government to be consulted.

"Who will answer for the people in case of landslides? But the local government," he said.

Uy has found President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sincere in her interest to develop Mt. Diwalwal but he just wants agencies of the government working for the gold-rush development to take heed of suggestions from the local government.

The Provincial Government of Compostela Valley and the municipality of Monkayo are part of the expanded membership of the Project Monitoring and Coordinating Council (PMCC), the regional level body under the National Task Force Diwalwal (NTFD).

They have been invited to take part in meetings and consultations of PMCC but Uy wanted to be kept abreast about the government mining operation which the Philippine Mining Development Corporation (PMDC) handles.

For the meantime, the provincial government is attending to social concerns of residents in Barangay Mt. Diwata especially regarding the landslide victims.

Uy said that through a letter sent to the Council of Elders of the indigenous community in Upper Ulip, Monkayo, he requested them to donate a 20-hectare lot which would be used as the relocation site of families living in extremely high-risk areas in Barangay Mt. Diwata.

He explained that there had been a 9-hectare lot reserved for relocation but he wanted it expanded to a 20-hectare relocation site to accommodate about 500 houses.

Aside from seeking shelter assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Uy is also eyeing to solicit from donors abroad through the Gawad Kalinga which is inviting him to join a trip to Boston, United State in June this year. (PIA XI) [top]

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