BUKIDNON – Dangcagan wins vs Kitaotao in land dispute

    DANGCAGAN – The municipality of Dangcagan  in Bukidnon has won over the municipality of Kitaotao in a long-drawn boundary dispute that increased its territory to more than 43,000 hectares.
    The decision on the dispute was issued recently by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) based on cadastral surveys conducted in 2000.
    Dangcagan and Kitaotao had been locked in legal battle on the boundary conflict for many years.
     DENR-Land Management Bureau Region 10 director Ernesto Adobo Jr. said his office has already informed  the Department of Budget Management (DBM) Central Office about the decision on the Dangcagan-Kitaotao case and of the adjustment of land area under the jurisdiction of Dangcagan.
    From an area of 11,000 before the DENR decision, Dancagan now has total area of more than 42,000 hectares. The dispute with Kitaotao involved about 34,000 hectares.
    The victory also means for Dangcagan a bigger share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), representing share of local government units in locally-collected national taxes.
    According to Municipal Budget Officer Leonardo Durog, Dangcagan was among 9 barangays that separated from the mother town of Maramag on July 1, 1931 through Executive Order No. 306 by then Governor General Butte.
    On August 29, 1961, Dangcagan became a  regular municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 444 by issued by the late Pres. Carlos P. Garcia. Vicente Cabiling was the first town mayor.
    Kitaotao was a Dangcagan barangay prior to becoming a municipality on June 18, 1966. MEL N. VELEZ
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