ARMM conducts survey in 58 towns

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COTABATO CITY: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DENR-ARMM) started a cadastral survey last month to establish the political boundaries of 58 municipalities in the region, according to a high official.

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ARMM Environment Secretary Hadji Kahal Kedtag said the cadastral surveys are done to create, mark, define, retrace and re-establish boundaries of public lands.

To mark the start of the survey, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Datu Saudi Ampa-tuan town, in Maguindanao province recently.

Kedtag said the Project Control and Political Boundary Survey (Category B) is a national project of the government that aims to determine and define land boundaries between and among political territories in the country.

He added that the survey is directed at correcting political boundaries to resolve territorial disputes and conflicts between and among communities and the local government units (LGUs) of different towns.

DENR-ARMM had earlier conducted a cadastral survey of 60 other municipalities in the region. The present survey, which has a P580-million budget, will be completed by May 2015, according to Kedtag.

Mayor Samsuddin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, encouraged the barangay chairmen of their town to support the project and to help disseminate information to residents for their cooperation in the successful completion of the survey.

Dimaukom, who is known as the “Pink Mayor” since every structure in his municipality including his house, the Mosque, and the municipal building are all painted in pink, said the DENR-ARMM cadastral survey project will avoid differences and misunderstandings of two adjoining municipalities whose boundaries are overlapping with one another.

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