City gov’t hopeful on peace deal in Dacon-Recodo row PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:35

The City Government expects a peaceful end to the land conflict between the Dacon or M&S Company and the residents of Purok 3 Recodo, as it continues to facilitate dialogues and meetings between the two parties.

Last Tuesday, City Hall with the support of the police, military and the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) convened anew the representatives from the two parties in City Hall to iron out kinks that could lead to a possible signing of a memorandum of agreement beneficial to all concerned.

Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the city government through the Housing and Land Management Division was expected to finalize yesterday the census and tagging operations at Purok 3 Recodo to determine those that are affected by the land conflict.

After several City Government-initiated dialogues following the May 3 grenade-throwing incident in Recodo, both parties have initially agreed on various issues that include the opening of a 3-meter wide access road leading to the highway and the relocation of affected families to the Muslim Reservation Area.

The Dacon Company will shoulder all expenses for the relocation of those affected as well as the construction of the access road.

These agreements however are being reviewed and finalized before the signing of the same can take place.

Meanwhile, while the dialogues are taking place, the Dacon Company has agreed to temporarily stop the construction of the fence.

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 rifle 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. —Sheila Covarrubias