By Junex Doronio
September 12, 2022
CEBU CITY — Seriously considering the complaints against illegal quarrying operations in mountain barangays that may cause floodings and endanger lives and properties, Mayor Mike Rama on Monday said he will convene all departments concerned to discuss the matter to come up with a comprehensive plan of action.
Some residents have complained about the questionable quarrying activities in Barangays Pardo, Agsungot, and Guba.
“Probably I will have an executive order, if not a directive. Kung naa tay gubat sa basura, gubat sa sunog o kayo, gubat sa baha (If we have war against garbage, war against fire, war against flood)… then we will have a directive or EO para (so that), once and for all, stop all illegal quarrying… I will find a way para ma-convene nato ni sila (to convene them),” Rama said.
Earlier, Roman Catholic priest Fr. Ruel Marigomen of Barangay Pulangbato reported to Councilor Joel Garganera an incident involving a 10-wheeler truck that has been transporting sand and stone.
He disclosed that the truck was even swept away by a recent flood.
Garganera then called the attention of Pulangbato barangay officials, Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO), and the city disaster team to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, Lester Archival, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman of Budlaan, revealed more quarrying activities from different operators since 2021.
The SK chair claimed that he has raised these concerns to the barangay council but was only told the operators have quarrying permits.
Archival expressed bewilderment why the permits were given considering that one of their sitios in Budlaan was categorized as “very high or critical” landslide-prone area in 2014 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-7. (ai/mtvn)