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Camp 7 landowner airs side on riprap works near Bued
by Hanna Lacsamana

The owner of the lot in Camp 7 where the riprapping works near a tributary of the Bued River are done took exception to news reports that he is constricting the flow of the river.

William Tan said upon verification, the current width of the river varied from seven to nine meters, contrary to an earlier claim the riprapping works done in his property  reduced the width of the river to two meters from the original 10 meters.

Tan said the riprapping works are within his titled properties and that he was merely protecting his property from erosion.

He added several meetings about the issue were already held by various government agencies upon the instance of Olga Dangwa. In these meetings, government agencies tasked Tan to construct a protective wall to protect his property and also to prevent and avoid earth materials from going to the Bued River.

He said records from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples also show that Dangwa filed a case against him to prevent him from doing earthmoving activities in the area. The case, however, was dismissed by the NCIP.

Tan added the original and natural course of the Bued River was actually outside his titled properties. But due to earth movements done at the opposite side of the river, the river flow gradually moved towards his properties and is now occupying a substantial portion of his lot.

The public land at the other side of the river and opposite Tan’s properties meanwhile gradually increased in area.

Tan said the public land is being claimed by several persons, including Dangwa. However, he said records from Department of Environment and Natural Resources showed the townsite sales application of Dangwa was returned without action because she is disqualified from applying for a public land.

Dangwa earlier said Tan was doing the earthmoving to the great prejudice of other landowners, adding the activity threatens a P5 million flood control concrete barrier that has just been completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The landowners expressed their concern in a letter addressed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the DPWH, and the Office of the Mayor.


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