SBMA to farmers, IPs: ‘Stop encroaching’ on public land
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chair and administrator Wilma Eisma on Thursday appealed to farmers and indigenous peoples to “stop encroaching in government-administered land and clearing forests and building illegal settlements” within the Subic Bay freeport zone.
According to a Punto Central Luzon report, the SBMA chief said the intrusion and introduction of unauthorized settlements violate the law, as well as an agreement between the Subic agency and the Ayta tribe on the use and disposition of tribal ancestral lands within the freeport.
“Mapapagod lang po kayo sa paglilinis ng mga lupain at pagtatayo ng mga dampa kung labag naman sa batas ang inyong ginagawa. Babaklasin lang po ng mga may awtoridad ang inyong ginawa,” Eisma said in the report.
“Matagal na pong may kasunduan tungkol sa mga lupaing katutubo dito sa Subic Freeport, at sana po ay sundin natin ito upang maiwasan ang kaguluhan,” she was quoted as saying.
The SBMA may be constrained to file legal cases against illegal settlers in order to protect government interest over the properties, Eisma said.
She issued the warning after the discovery of two new illegal settlements at the Tipo area of the Subic Bay Freeport near the Mt. Sta. Rita Naval Link Station and the Subic Bay Expressway, the report said.
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