Mayor Sara forms task force to regulate quarry operations

Mayor Sara forms task force to regulate quarry operations

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

By Junex Doronio

CONCERNED IN PROTECTING the environment, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has formed a task group that will help regulate quarry operations.

Duterte-Carpio issued an executive order as the Interface Development Intervention (Idis) revealed that it has noted that there are still quarry operators who are applying for permits to be able to extract sand, gravel, and other resources along riverbanks.

“Minimum of 10 quarry applications and we always discuss why are we allowing quarry operations this much in our rivers?” asked Idis executive director Chinkie Peliño-Golle.

She added that every time they have a meeting with the City Development Council and the Local Zoning Board of Appeals and Adjustments (LZBAA), they noticed that there are quite a number of quarrying applications being submitted to the committee. Idis is also part of the Local Zoning Review Committee.

Earlier, Duterte-Carpio had directed the Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) to look after illegal quarry operators in Davao City that pose danger to environment.

The creation of the task force thru EO 48 dated Aug. 12, 2020 was the mayor’s quick response to the various complaints received by Cenro regarding unregulated quarry activities.

It was learned that many of those behind the operations did not even have permits and other necessary documents.

Duterte-Carpio emphasized that her Executive Order No. 48 dated Aug. 12, 2020 was aimed to address all issues and to guarantee the proper implementation of quarrying laws and other related policies and ordinances.

The task force is composed of the head of Cenro as chair, the head of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB)-XI as vice chair, and the head/representatives of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO, City Planning and Development Office (CPDO)-Zoning Division, City Treasurer’s Office (CTO), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR), Mindanao Association of Mining Engineers, Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI), and Idis.

They are tasked to conduct regular ocular inspections, prepare reports on violations and recommendations, monitor and ensure all terms and conditions of quarry permits are complied with, formulate mitigating measures to properly address any negative environmental impact during operation, and make a periodic report to the mayor.

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