TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Due to influx of reports received by the Provincial Government that there are unlicensed quarry operators in Cagayan, Governor Manuel Mamba has ordered the Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office (PNREO) to strictly monitor all the quarry operations in the province.
In a press release, the Cagayan public information office quoted Mamba saying that the PNREO should be strict in the monitoring and assessment of all the quarry operations to meet the province’s target of P50 million tax dues this year.
Mamba said he ordered the members of the ‘Bantay Quarry Operations’ teams to halt the operations of the unlicensed and ensure tax collections from those legal operators.
“It’s the PNREO’s responsibility to monitor all quarry operations in order not to exhaust the province’s natural resources and to safeguard structures near quarry sites that’s why I urged you to be strict,” Mamba said.
Mamba has already deployed additional 87 members of the ‘Bantay Quarry Operations’ to monitor and evaluate the operations especially of alleged unlicensed quarry operators, the Cagayan information office said.
He also urged the team members to report bribery attempts from those unlicensed operators and those who are not paying the taxes due.
Mamba also said that the team must also monitor operating of contractors and haulers who are using quarry products from nearby provinces.
According to Cagayan Quarry Division Head Edwin Jesus Buendia Jr, it has become a custom for contractors and businessmen who get their gravels, sands and other quarry products from other provinces to not pay their taxes to the capitol.
“From now on, the Bantay Quarry Checkers will stop and check all heavy equipments entering the province with aggregates from other provinces and their receipts from where they got their products will also be checked, ” Buendia said.
Buendia said, in cases where there is no receipt seen by their team, these contractors and haulers will have to pay specific amounts as fine or they will have to return their quarries.
“We will enforce Sec. 103 of R.A. 7942 o ang Mining Act of 2005 or the provisions for Theft of Minerals, if they don’t have receipts from the province, we will see their products as ‘illegally acquired’ and need to be taxed or returned from where they got,” Buendia added.
In the first two weeks of January 2017 alone, Mamba said that the provincial treasurer was able to collect P1.5 million tax dues from legal quarry operators. Julius Catulin/-Northernforum.net