Pangasinan execs vow to keep village amid border dispute with N. Vizcaya town | Inquirer News
ASSERTING TERRITORIAL RIGHTS

Pangasinan execs vow to keep village amid border dispute with N. Vizcaya town

/ 04:35 AM October 05, 2022
Situated 1,675 meters above sea level, the mountain village of Malico is home to Kalanguya families. The community is at the center of a territorial dispute between the town of San Nicolas in Pangasinan province and Sante Fe town in Nueva Vizcaya province. STORY: Pangasinan execs vow to keep village amid border dispute with N. Vizcaya town

TORN BETWEEN TWO PROVINCES | Situated 1,675 meters above sea level, the mountain village of Malico is home to Kalanguya families. The community is at the center of a territorial dispute between the town of San Nicolas in Pangasinan province and Sante Fe town in Nueva Vizcaya province. (Photo courtesy of San Nicolas Municipal Government)

SAN NICOLAS, Pangasinan, Philippines — Asserting their territorial rights to the upland village of Malico in this town, Pangasinan officials on Monday vowed to protect it from the ongoing ownership dispute with neighboring Santa Fe town in Nueva Vizcaya province.

Malico, at 1,675 meters above sea level and known for its cool climate, is home to some 112 indigenous Kalanguya families.

ADVERTISEMENT

Some of the tribal leaders met with Gov. Ramon Guico III and other officials, including the local police, to discuss the boundary dispute with Santa Fe, which is also claiming ownership of the village.

Last month, the Nueva Vizcaya provincial board held a special session in Barangay Malico where they passed a resolution urging San Nicolas officials to refrain from carrying out infrastructure projects within the village’s boundaries.

FEATURED STORIES

In the same resolution, San Nicolas officials were told to “respect the boundary” of Santa Fe and “the rights of the Kalanguya tribe and their ancestral domain rights.”

But Guico said Malico remained a territory of Pangasinan, stressing that they would fight for its ownership.

“We will not give an inch of the Pangasinan land and will fight for our territory,” Guico said at the meeting.

Vice Gov. Mark Lambino, who was also at the meeting, said the provincial board would not “budge a square inch” of Pangasinan’s land.

Legislative remedies

“On the side of the provincial board, we will exhaust all legislative remedies to help our brothers and provincemates in Malico,” Lambino said.

The Pangasinan board has converted an ad hoc committee handling the boundary dispute into a full-fledged committee to address all boundary disputes in San Nicolas and other towns, he said.

Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn Agabas said she would give legislative support to the province as needed.

ADVERTISEMENT

Tito Ancheta, 46, a member of the Kalanguya tribe, said the “tongtongan” (unwritten history) of their ancestors showed that they belonged to Pangasinan and “we wanted to remain as such.”

Ancheta even illustrated the boundaries of Malico straddling the summits of the mountains of Ugo, Akbab and Tukal, which he said were “far from the areas claimed by Nueva Vizcaya.”

He said it was also the government of Pangasinan that established elementary and high schools in the village.

“Pangasinan is also helping us with our agricultural projects, such as a coffee plantation that covers 190 hectares,” Ancheta said.

—YOLANDA SOTELO 
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Barangay Malico border dispute, Pangasinan-Nueva Vizcaya barangay dispute
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.