Barangay folks’ grievances heard by Hermosa SB


HERMOSA, Bataan – The Sanggunian Bayan of Hermosa heard on Friday the grievances of residents of Barangay Tipo who alleged they were not allowed to pass a bridge going to the Subic Bay Freeport.
Joselito Gabriel, president of a farmers group, told the municipal council that the farmers who wore no identification card were barred entry to the Subic Bay Freeport.
A representative from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) told the local body that the entry point to the Freeport is being regulated to avoid entry of unauthorized persons to protect the workers and investors.
Hermosa Sangguniang Bayan Member Paquito Datu, SB chair of committee on environmental protection and land use told the complaining residents that “there was no discrimination imposed on the ban on entry of individuals with no I.D.
“This is a simple case of no-ID-no entry scheme to put things in proper perpective. If you have your IDs and still refused entry we will discuss this with the SBMA,” said Datu.
The SBMA management will facilitate the issuance of ID cards with no cost on the part of residents who wish to apply for it. It appealed to them, however, to give their correct and “original” addresses following reports that the number of residents in the said village has doubled the original number.
Atty. Mark Joseph Sabado, secretary to the SB, said the local government is just trying to check the proliferation of bogus farmers trying to invade Barangay Tipo.
The farmers’ group locally known as Farmers Center Hermosa, headed by Gabriel claims membership of more than 1,000 but some barangay officials said those complaining about alleged harassment number only about 300 people.
Datu asked barangay residents should seek certification first from the office of barangay captain of Tipo, Hermosa before applying for ID cards to be allowed entry to the Subic Bay Freeport.

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