DENR, firm to set boundaries

Subscribe Now October 31, 2011 at 10:18am

An agreement has been inked between the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and a private firm to undertake a project that will resolve conflicting boundaries between two local government units, the regional office said in a statement last week. The regional DENR office forged an agreement with Geolane Land Consultants on Oct. 24 to delineate the political boundary of Davao City and Davao del Sur to prevent land conflicts in Davao City’s third congressional district and the town Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, according the statement. The project will cost P12 million.

“Political boundaries give a particular city or locality areas to which a particular political entity can exercise its authority,” Jim O. Sampulna, DENR-Region 11 executive director, was quoted as saying in the statement, adding that the delineation will also provide the “bases for tourism, infrastructure, economic and development plans.”

The proposed 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant of Aboitiz Power Corp. straddles the two local government units since half of the complex will be within Davao City and the other half in Sta. Cruz. The project has been approved by Sta. Cruz but still needs to be endorsed by the Davao city council.

Davao City was the capital of the undivided Davao province after it had its charter that was approved by President Manuel L. Quezon on Oct. 16, 1936. Davao province was divided into three in 1967 that created Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte. Another province, Compostela Valley, was carved out from the area on Jan. 28, 1988.

Meanwhile, the local environment office is about to conclude its cadastral survey project involving Davao City’s second district, Malalag municipality in Davao del Sur and Cateel in Davao Oriental.


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