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DATELINE ILIGAN. Temporary Settlers in Lafarge Move to New Homes

By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.

The twenty-two (22) families temporarily settled in a portion of the property of Lafarge Cement in Kiwalan, have been moved permanently to Gawad Kalinga Village in Dalipuga, this City.

City Housing and Resettlement Office Head, Rey Roque told this writer that the said families voluntarily moved to their new location after they were affected by the fencing of the Lafarge property.

Roque said that the movement of the said families was carried out smoothly through the assistance of Lafarge cement that provided materials, transportation and labor.

Earlier there was a report that these 22 families were Muslims affected by the encroachment of Lafarge in their ancestral domain.

Roque clarified that these 22 families are Christians who had settled temporarily in the unused portion of Lafarge property for many years.

It appears that there is a property owned by the Maranaw Sarip family adjoining the Lafarge property but it is not affected by the fencing project of the latter.

It may be recalled that the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Civil, Political and Human Rights chaired by Councilor Emmanuel Salibay conducted a public hearing on a claim of the said Maranaw landowner that Lafarge encroached on its property.

In that hearing it was mutually agreed that the property claim of the Sarip’s be settled in Court for the Sangguniang Panlungsod does not have the authority to settle land disputes.

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