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MGB, EMB, PNREO delineate quarry areas in Pinacanauan river

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A team composing the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), and Cagayan Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office (PNREO) delineated quarry areas along Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao River.

In an interview in a local radio station on Wednesday, November 15, Cagayan Quarry Division Chief Edwin Buendia said this will identify which quarry sites are to be issued with environmental compliance certificates (ECCs).

This was also agreed upon in the recent Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) Meeting, he said.

“Tayo ang nagrecommend kay RD (Cesar Siador, EMB) na mag issue na ng ECC… Siya naman ay sumasang-ayon na rin dito, provided na i-delineate ng [aming] composite team yung dapat o tamang kukuhanan lang ng ating mga operators,” he said.

A detailed employee from MGB, Buendia led the field work with MGB Engineer Vicie Tumaliuan-Diciano and EMB’s Rick Sibbaluca. The team surveyed riverside areas of barangays Mangga, San Roque, Quibal, Patagueleg, Parabba, Dodan, Centro, and Camasi in Peñablanca since Tuesday.

Buendia said that this will “answer” the issue on suspended quarry operations in Peñablanca that have not been issued ECCs.

He explained that DENR administrative order (DAO) does not prohibit water quarry activities in water quality management areas (WQMA) such as the Pinacanauan river.

“Sa katunayan, itong ating huling meeting sa Maynila na ipinatawag ang emb sa central office, yung legal officer mismo na [ang] nagsabi na hindi kailanman confict ang quarry at WQMA,” he clarified.

Meanwhile, the composite team noted that the delineation will be a “planning tool” for quarry operators.

“Mas maganda na may pinanghahawakan tayong ECC yung mga operators kasi nandito lahat yung mga dapat nilang gawin. Kada violation nito ay P50,000, kaya marapat lang na mayroong ECC ang bawat operator kaysa wala,” Buendia said. Northernforum.net


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