Issue of September 1, 2019
Mt. Province
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MOA signed as first step to end boundary row in MP, Kalinga
by Novy R. Afidchao

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial boards of this province and Kalinga have signed a memorandum of agreement as an initial process in the settlement of the boundary affecting their localities.

The signing of the MOA was agreed upon during a meeting between local officials and elders of the Betwagan, Sadanga, Mountain Province and Butbot Tribe, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

The provincial boards held a joint session in Bontoc recently to formalize the agreement.

Board Member Federico Onsat, chair of the SP committee on laws, properties, and equipment, said they invited the concerned stakeholders in Kalinga during their session recently so that both parties could formalize the agreement.

The parties, represented by their elders/leaders agreed to authorize their respective provincial boards to continue finding ways to settle the boundary conflict between Betwagan, Sadanga and Bugnay, Tinglayan and that they will respect the decision of their local officials and consider the same as final and executory.

Vice Gov. Francis Tauli thanked the Kalinga delegates for trusting the officials of Mountain Province in resolving the dispute.

“Like our comrades, all we want is to come up with a win-win solution and a peaceful means of resolving the problem. We are sincerely thankful to the province of Kalinga for coming up with this initiative. We assure our utmost support to this endeavor,” Tauli said.

Kalinga Vice Gov. Odiem said that the joint session was successful because of the cooperation of the concerned elders and leaders. “We are thankful because the conflicting parties trusted their officials in solving the dispute. We are optimistic that the long-term boundary feud between the tribes of Bugnay and Betwagan will soon come to an end,” Odiem said.

Those who served as witnesses during the MOA signing are Atty. Cathrine G. Apaling, provincial officer of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Kalinga and Tribal Affairs Assistant Juan Falinchao and Engr. Carlito Y. Aiso of NCIP-Mountain Province.

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