February 9, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga- The Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) of the Kalinga Provincial Police Office (KPPO) requested the provincial government through the sangguniang panlalawigan committee on oversight to pass an ordinance for the removal of the marker of three local heroes built within the road right of way (RROW) of a national road.

The marker of Macliing Dulag and two tribal leaders, Pedro Dungoc and Lumbaya Gayudan, erected by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance along the Mountain Province Boundary-Calanan-Pinukpuk-Abbut Road, particularly Bugnay section in Tinglayan in 2017is situated within the RROW.

The memorial is “in honor of the heroism of Macliing Dulag and all who resisted the Chico Dam project.”

Reports of the Upper Kalinga District Engineering Office (UKDEO) personnel who conducted validation show that the marker is situated 4.10 meters from the centerline of the road and that it encroached or is within the road right of way of the national road.

KPPO Director, Col. Davy Vicente Limmong, also wrote PAC Chair Andres Ngao-i urging the council to look into this project, which he said is in violation of Ordinance 2017-003 declaring Barangay Bugnay as “Heritage Village” in honor and in memory of the bravery of the late Macliing Dulag and Pedro Dungoc, and the  provisions of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) guidelines.

The NHCP guidelines provides that “No monument sponsored by any private individual, organization, or the honoree’s kin shall be allowed on any public space, unless the same is intended as a donation to the government and is sanctioned by a national government agency or local government unit, subject further to public acceptance and approval of a board resolution by the sanctioning government agency.” – Peter A. Balocnit