Issue of August 26, 2012
     
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More on the sale of Buguias school buildings, lot
LOLITO T. IGUALDO, La Trinidad, Benguet

Last July 29, we featured in the Baguio Midland Courier’s weekly mail section, the sale of one of the Buguias Central School buildings and its lot to a private individual which up to now, I have not heard any reaction or action among the officials and or persons concerned. Apo nga mangiturturong ti gobyerno tayo dita Buguias. Kitaen yo met ti pagsayaatan ti ubbing tayo ken ti umili dita Poblacion. Kaasi da met.

While the foregoing problem is still unsolved, another pending case is also hanging and this is about the giving out of an old municipal police quarter building and a booth section from the public market structure as well as cemented steps behind the latter and all spaces surrounding the municipal and the high school buildings to a certain individual who allegedly claim that the area occupied by the municipal and school buildings are part of her free patent title. Some older residents and I doubt this allegation because when the Americans created the civil government in our country and eventually the municipal districts, it goes with it the building of structures for offices of the appointed officials and for the township of Buguias, the tribunal or now Poblacion was chosen as the seat of the municipal government.

When I was in the grade school during the pre-war years I have seen the municipal building and municipal employees quarters in the same location where it stands now. Of course the old buildings were destroyed during the war and the buildings now were just put up in 1958-59.

To make the story short, we go over the facts of the matter regarding the problem stipulated above. In 1995, Mrs. Solima Langbis Calion hired a surveyor to re-survey an area in Poblacion which was titled during the American regime by her paternal grandfather, Osting Leo (maybe a fictitious name, the known name is Langbis). According to some residents nearby, they had never seen anyone who came to survey the lot. Accordingly, the DENR further approved the application for titling the areas which included the sect of the municipal and high school buildings perhaps on the basis of the pictures presented to them. They did not actually see the place which, if they (DENR personnel) went to investigate, they could have seen the area full of structures from government and ancestral residents claimants.

Mrs. Solima Calion, the alleged owner of the lot with her lawyer filed ejection proceedings against the municipal government and the ancestral lot residents. A series of court hearings were done at Abatan, Buguias RTC with the prosecutor and a representative of the Solicitor General in attendance. In one of the court hearings, the prosecutor was heard saying, “Saan yo nga maabak ti gobyerno,” but at the outset it seems that Mrs. Calion won. Why was she awarded the government structure as previously stated? What about the ancestral residents claimants? At this point in time, land claimants (all relatives) of Mrs. Calion, and the municipal government (if they are) fervently request the solicitor general’s office to revoke or void the free patent title of Mrs. Calion or for the proper courts to adjudicate these lots to the claimants.

Hoping and praying that this controversy be solved once and for all. Dakayo met nga concerned officials dita Abatan, please do not play politics. The mayor should assign a janitor at the Poblacion to maintain cleanliness on the neglected main, now branch office. The sangguniang bayan should hold their meetings once in a while too as well as the chief of police, who is from the place to assign a police officer to maintain peace and order at Poblacion. Like in the past, the presence of some government officials and peace officers were felt by the community.

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