Issue of September 15, 2019
Mt. Province
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Benguet board backs 14 town from Itogon
by Ofelia C. Empian

The provincial board of Benguet supported the request of two barangays of Itogon to form a new town.

The board has endorsed the resolution of barangays Dalupirip and Tinongdan expressing their desire to form their own municipality called “Colos.”

The same barangay resolution was earlier forwarded to Benguet Rep. Nestor Fongwan, Sr.

The provincial board said the joint resolution of the two barangays has observed the requisites of the 1991 Local Government Code in establishing a municipality.  

It observed that the income of both barangays can qualify for having an average annual income of not less that P2.5 million in the past two years based on 1991 constant prices, as certified by the provincial treasurer.

The board also said the combined land area of the two barangays has met the standard land area, which is at least 50 square kilometers, as certified by the Land Management Bureau.

In terms of population, the board said the requirement should not be less than 25,000 inhabitants as certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

The total population of the two barangays based on the 2015 census is 6,654. 

The requisites are found in Sections 441 and 442 of the LGC and Article 13 of its implementing rules and regulations.

A committee in the provincial board has recommended the legislative body  to endorse the joint resolution to Fongwan for his information and appropriate action.

The request of barangays  Dalupirip and Tinongdan to form a new municipality was decided during a joint meeting on Aug. 10 where the leaders unanimously agreed for the creation of a separate municipality “in order to secure and protect their cultural identity and the environmental integrity of their territory.”

“The two barangays, now presently under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Itogon, are unable to preserve cultural and traditional identity and create more opportunities to people like employment, livelihood, development and other opportunities under the present set up,” the joint resolution added.

“The creation of a separate municipality covering the two barangays is the only way in which such aspiration can be realized,” it stated.

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