THE CONFLICT surrounding roads in the Floirendo-run banana farms in Sto. Tomas and Braulio Dujali, Davao del Norte has been settled with an agreement signed by the parties. Under the deal, the existing biosecurity facilities at entry points will not be demolished, but the requirement of a gate pass for public access will be removed. The agreement also provides for the creation of a joint monitoring committee composed of two representatives each from the parties involved: the provincial government of Davao del Norte, the Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (TADECO), and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which owns the land. TADECO and BuCor have a joint venture agreement for the banana plantations. “Proper security protocols shall be observed by the three parties the details of which shall be discussed by the Joint Monitoring Committee,” the agreement read. The agreement also settles the court cases filed by both sides. Earlier, a Regional Trial Court in Panabo City issued a temporary restraining order stopping the provincial government from demolishing the biosecurity facilities set up by the company to prevent the spread of Fusarium Wilt, or Panama disease. The signatories to the agreement were Davao del Norte Gov. Edwin I. Jubahib, TADECO Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Zeaus Apollo C. Vadil, and BuCor Director General Gerald Q. Bantag. The agreement was reached through the mediation of Mindanao Development Authority Chair Emmanuel F. Piñol. — Carmelito Q. Francisco