TWO quarry sites in Cebu City are allegedly operating without permits, disclosed Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera.
Garganera, who is the chairman of the committee on environment, warned the operator that he will send police authorities to the area should it continue its operations.
The two quarry sites, which are under the same operator, are located in barangays Pardo and Agsungot, Cebu City.
Garganera said the one in Brgy. Pardo has been issued a cease and desist order by the barangay officials, yet it allegedly continues to operate.
He said only an approved resolution was posted by the operator at the site.
However, the resolution was for the Poblacion Pardo-Toong road project.
Garganera said: "Although there's a resolution approving the said project, there is the issue on its implementation. There is ongoing quarrying in the said area despite not having the necessary permits such as quarry permit, transportation permit, prior approval by the barangay concerned and an Environmental Compliance Certificate.”
The one in Agsungot, meanwhile, has not been stopped despite its having caused a landslide in the area, said Garganera.
Garganera is giving the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) until Sept. 10, 2020 to issue a cease and desist order to the quarry site in Brgy. Agsungot.
Garganera said the landslide that affected the road in Agsungot was not only due to heavy rains, but also to the quarrying happening on the other side of the hill.
He said the necessary legal action will be taken against the operator for operating without permits, as well as for operating even when the city was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Garganera said quarry operators need to secure a special permit from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for them to proceed with their operation even under a public health emergency.
He said the IATF allows quarry and construction projects only when they have something to do with the public health.
“While we, in the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), are busy looking for ways to flatten the curve, there are those who are literally flattening the curve in the mountains,” said Garganera.
He said he will call for the intervention of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as well as the Mines and Geosciences Bureau 7 and Environmental Management Bureau 7 should the operator ignore the City’s warning. (JJL)