Kabuyao folk divided

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

TUBA, Benguet -- Who owns the road in Kabuyao?

With the denial of Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping of any hand in the construction of the road where hundreds of trees have been cut, a confusion has befell local folk in the area.

There is no record in the municipality to show who owns the controversial road project in Mount Santo Tomas.


Poblacion Village chief Oliver Paus said there are varied reactions from Kabuyao folk on the controversial Aliping development on the mountain.

Paus said there are sectors who welcome the development of the claim of the Baguio representative reasoning it will be beneficial to the community because of the road openings and accessibility after the proposed eco-tourism park is finished.

Another sector bemoans the destruction of the natural landscape of the area as well as the falling of hundreds of trees, which will eventually lead to soil erosion, and landslides with the tampering of water resources of the community.

Paus said there are but two roads in the mountain, one national road and another road near the Aliping claim.

Aliping has denied involvement in the road construction at the mountain and maintained that development is confined to the 2.5-hectare area of his family claim and the alderman has likewise denied a hand in the cutting of hundreds of trees along the road construction.

Aliping asserted there were no trees cut inside his property claim and is not responsible for cutting the trees in contention along the road project.

Despite the claims of Aliping, Tuba folk remain confused as it has been common knowledge that the property as well as the road construction is under his orders.

"It is a public knowledge [that its Aliping’s]," Paus added.

Paus said there remains no request for any road development in the area except for the national road in the mountain.

Records from the municipal assessor's office show a declaration of real property, pertaining to the Aliping land claim, showing the property is owned by Rosalie Leistner and Felimor Coyupan, from whom the Baguio representative bought the property.

As of press time, there is no record surfacing to show ownership of the road.

However, municipal engineer, Jackson Pasamic holds a copy of a letter to Nestor Castro, director of the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Office dated June 10, saying there has been no permits to excavate given to the Aliping family to allow any excavation in his property.

Pasamic wrote there are six requirements the Aliping family needs to submit before his application for excavation may be considered: a barangay resolution interposing no objection, a deed of sale or proof of ownership, an environmental compliance certificate, a zoning clearance, a survey plan or lot plan and a developmental plan or a proposed road plan and specification.

To date, none of which has been complied with by the Aliping camp.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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