A disputed boundary: the case of Pasig and Cainta

Boundary disputes are never fun. They are a source of so much mess and confusion, not only between the contesting parties of the dispute, but also among residents and visitors, myself included. Such is the case of the issue going on between the city of Pasig in Metro Manila and the town of Cainta in the province of Rizal.

The area at stake is actually a very large tract of prime real estate that is thriving with commercial and residential activity, covering the residential villages of Karangalan Village (East) and Cainta Greenpark Village, the V.V. Soliven Commercial Center, and the Sta. Lucia Mall.

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the disputed area marked in black

Now a look at all the maps available on Metro Manila shows that technically, the area concerned falls under the jurisdiction of Pasig. But in reality, the establishments in this area actually follow the governance of Cainta’s government. In fact, a check of the business permits of the commercial establishments in the area, for example, show that their permits are issued by and are paying taxes to the town of Cainta. From what I’ve gathered, it seems these establishments to have themselves be submitted under the governance of Cainta due to various reasons, foremost of which is that they pay lower taxes to the town compared to what they need to pay if they were under Pasig’s jurisdiction.

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Sta. Lucia Mall, the most prominent landmark in the area being disputed by Pasig and Cainta

And with so much as stake, you can never expect either party to take this issue sitting down. For the Pasig government, it maintains it’s not much about the finances but an opportunity to set things right. On Cainta’s end, the resolution and how it will be resolved is important as it is currently making a bid to become Rizal province’s next city.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no definite resolution in sight yet for this dispute that is almost 20 years in the making. So until this issue is resolved, for the meantime, we will follow the current boundary demarcations which place these areas under the jurisdiction of Metro Manila, of Pasig in particular.

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