Dacon, Recodo folks reach temporary deal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014 11:39

In a bid to defuse tension arising from the land conflict between the Dacon Plywood Company and a group of Muslim residents in Barangay Recodo, both parties have reached a temporary deal seemed beneficial to each.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the arrangement was made during a meeting Wednesday among the parties involved that included the police, Task Force Zamboaga, Recodo barangay officials and concerned residents and representatives from the Dacon Company and National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

Pending approval by the higher-ups, it was agreed during the meeting that the existing two-meter wide road will be widened by additional one meter towards the edge of fence that will be constructed around the plywood company.

All houses and structures that will be affected by the road-widening will have to be removed and the families will be relocated to an area along the shorelines where Dacon will have to construct the houses-on-stilts. These arrangements, however, are subject to the approval again of the Dacon officials.

Meanwhile, Apolinario led an inspection of the area in the hope the conflict will be resolved the soonest time possible.

Early on, the parties agreed on a settlement but the same was disapproved by Dacon higher-ups.

To recall, the conflict started sometime in January this year when the Dacon management decided to construct a perimeter fence surrounding its premises as residential houses were encroaching on the road leading to the company.

The following month, Feb. 8, a riffle grenade was fired at the company, destroying one of its buildings. No one was injured.

Last May 1, a commotion ensued between the Dacon workers and the so-called informal settlers who barricaded the road using the children and women, some of them were injured.

On May 3, at 11:30 a.m., a grenade was lobbed and exploded outside the Dacon premises, killing Hamuddin Hamja, 19, and wounding 6 Dacon workers, 4 of them were SCAA members.

Wounded were Elmer Tadeo and Ariston Sarato, both Dacon workers, John Rey Maghanoy, Enrico Menor, Robert Clog and Loreto Morales, all SCAA members.— Vic Larato