Kidapawan exec mediates in clan war to push road project

December 3, 2014 10:34 am 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Dec. 2 -– Mayor Joseph Evangelista has convinced warring families in a village here and in nearby Matalam, North Cotabato to set aside their difference and allow the completion of a road concreting project.

Evangelista said Tuesday that due to land dispute involving Moro clans in the villages of Patadon, Kidapawan City and Barangay Patado of the Matalam side, the Php5-million road concreting and box culvert project was stalled.

The project is to be implemented by the Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CEMIARC) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Evangelista wants to have the project completed because it will benefit the villagers composed mainly of farmers.

Residents claimed ownership of the land where the project was to be constructed even without the benefit of land title or any legal document establishing ownership.

After a series of dialogue initiated by Evangelista, the warring clans agreed to allow the start of project implementation.

To ensure smooth project construction, Evangelista said the warring families whom he did not identify, agreed to sign a peace deal.

The agreement was made possible with the support of village local officials, CEMIARC and DPWH representatives and peace advocates.

Evangelista explained that the project is funded by the national government. Once this project is not implemented, "reversion" of funds will apply which means that the funds intended for the road concreting will be diverted to other projects in the province. (PNA)



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