The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued an order last week lifting the ban on quarrying operations in almost all provinces of the country; except in Naga, Cebu, where dozens of residents died from landslides following the onslaught typhoon Ompong.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu issued the order after a thorough assessment conducted by geologists from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) found that the quarry sites in other parts of the country were safe.
This was also to prevent the further disruption in the supply of construction materials, such as cement and aggregates, which could result in higher prices and delay in the construction projects all over the country.
Cimatu said the DENR decided to allow mining firms in La Union, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Batangas, Rizal, Camarines Sur, Misamis Oriental, Iligan City and Davao City to resume operations.
To recall, Cimatu imposed a nationwide suspension on quarrying operations following the deadly landslide that occurred at Sitio Sindulan, Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu last September 20.
In Central Visayas, The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has lifted the suspension for eight large-scale quarry and 15 industrial sand and gravel (ISAG) operations in Central Visayas.
The lifting of the temporary ban came after large-scale quarry and ISAG operations were assessed for the safety and geohazard survey in its surrounding communities by a composite team of geologists and mining engineers of MGB 7.
Among those operations that were given a go-signal to operate are Solid Earth Development Corp. in San Fernando, Cebu; Dolomite Mining Corporation in Alcoy, Cebu; Bohol Limestone Corporation in Garcia-Hernandez, Bohol; Lazi Bay Resources Development Inc. in Lazi, Siquijor; JLR Construction and Aggregates, Inc. in Cogon, City of Naga; Heirs of Arturo Zayco in Ayungon, Negros Oriental; and Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc. in Danao City, Cebu.
Suspension of operations within the MPSA of Quarry Ventures Philippines Inc. has also been lifted except for the operation in one parcel of its permit area.
MPSA is one of the three modes of mineral agreement between the government and a private individual or company for purposes of mining operation, as stipulated in Section 26 of RA 7942 or the Mining Act of the Philippines.
Large-scale quarry operations of Apo Land and Quarry Corporation (ALQC) in various MPSAs in the City of Naga are still suspended pending the on-going investigation of the MGB Central Office after a landslide happened within three of their MPSAs or permit areas in Sitio Tagaytay and Sindulan, Tinaan, City of Naga on September 20, 2018.
ISAG permits of WTG Construction and Development Corp. of Willy T. Go in Combado, Balamban, Cebu; Balamban Construction and Marine Services Ltd. Co of Ceilito T. Bardenas in Biasong, Balamban, Cebu; Stanley S. Chona in Liki and Cabagdalan, Balamban, Cebu; Annette J. Navarro in Liki, Balamban, Cebu; Gimar A. Besañes in Media Once in Toledo City, Cebu; Ma. Celeste L. Dolino in Dumlog, Toledo City, Cebu; Ophelio L. Dolino in Capitan Claudio, Toledo City; and Merriam Jane B. Dumadag in Cambang-ug, Toledo City, Arlene T. Borja in Biga, Toledo City, Cebu; Mervin R. Teo in Lagtang in General Climaco, Toledo City, Cebu; Humprey R. Benitez in General Climaco, Toledo City, Cebu; Willy U. Te’s Jute Rocks, Inc. in New Bago, Agbanga and Sta. Rita, Asturias, Cebu; Ceilito T. Bardenas in Sta. Rita, Asturias, Cebu; Anna B. Suba in Arpili, Balamban, Cebu; and Oliver Sobere Yu in Ayungon, Negros Oriental were also cleared for operation by MGB-7.
The 15-day suspension of all quarry operations in Regions I, III, IV-CALABARZON, V, VII, X, XI, and XIII was ordered by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu a day after the landslide incident in the City of Naga. In Central Visayas, a total of 26 large-scale quarry and ISAG operations were suspended at that time. – BusinessNews.ph