Friday, June 29, 2018

DENR bans 14 quarry operators in Bolo River

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has banned all quarry operators extracting sand and gravel along the Bolo River in northern Ilocos Norte.

In a May 13 cease-and-desist order issued by regional director Carlos Tayag, officer-in-charge of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), authorities found 14 quarry operators along the Bolo River covering the municipalities of Bangui, Dumalneg, Pagudpud operating without the necessary permit from the DENR or from the Ilocos Norte provincial government.

On May 16, 2018, key officials of the DENR led by regional directors Reynulfo Juan, Ma. Victoria Abrera of the Environmental Management Bureau, Mr. Tayag of MGB and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Victor Dabalos served the order to the illegal quarry operators along Bolo river.

Florante Nicolas, PENRO Ilocos Norte information officer identified the illegal quarry operators as Dumalneg vice mayor Francis Espiritu and 12 others as:  Joy Soriano, Jovelyn Taggaoa, Florencio Dy, Denton Garvida, Analiza Garvida, Marino Faylogan, Praxedes Castillo, Joseph Castillo, Rajan Benemerito, Gensie Palima, Edimar Ubasa, Estrella Bacong and Joseph Acio from the municipalities of Bangui, Dumalneg and Pagudpud.

As stated in the order, the DENR gave the said persons 72 hours upon receipt of the order to explain why the government agency should not charge them with theft of minerals.

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