The provincial government through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has allocated an initial fund of a half-a-million pesos to help solve boundary disputes.
Vice Governor Oscar T. Pagulayan, presiding officer of the provincial board, expressed concern over the tensions, anxieties and uncertainties being suffered especially by the residents of Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, Claveria and Sta. Praxedes towns in Cagayan´s northwestern portion bounding the province of Apayao.
Pagulayan said there are other parts of the province bounded by the province of Kalinga now being affected by boundary dispute.
The northwestern towns have allegedly been transgressed by residents of Luna and
Calanasan towns of Apayao.
The Cagayano residents living in sitios bordering Apayao said they have been collecting taxes and that force have been employed to sow fear as means to exact allegiance from them (Cagayanos), the officials of the affected towns in attendance to one out-of-town session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
The vice governor said the provincial government of Cagayan will see to it that the safety of its people that no one will be hurt as they acknowledge their being residents of the province.
"We will initiate concrete actions such as legitimate and peaceful resolution of conflicts affecting the local residents," he said.
Pagulayan said the fund will be used in the settlement of boundary disputes affecting the province like conducting dialogues between and among the residents of the affected municipalities and those of Apayao and Kalinga, cadastral survey and other related activities.
Cagayan News and Information Bulletin, Volume 1, No. 3