Stop Nap­san quar­ry­ing, Car­bonell says

Palawan News - - CITY - By Ger­ardo Reyes Re­porter

A coun­cilor in Puerto Princesa City called for the im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tion to stop the quar­ry­ing op­er­a­tions at Kilo­me­ter 35 in Barangay Nap­san. Coun­cilor Jimmy Car­bonell said that the City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (City ENRO) has ear­lier rec­om­mended to Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron to stop all the quar­ry­ing op­er­a­tions of Ivy Michelle Trad­ing & Con­struc­tion. It should be im­ple­mented pend­ing the re­sult of the in­ter­a­gency oc­u­lar in­spec­tion in the area last Wed­nes­day, the coun­cilor said. Car­bonell said that his per­sonal as­sess­ment of quar­ry­ing ac­tiv­i­ties is “not for slope pro­tec­tion and sta­bi­liza­tion but for com­mer­cial pur- poses.” The com­pany didn’t care enough to up­root trees in the area just so it could open ac­cess roads for its quar­ry­ing at the back of the in­cline, he said. “Gu­mawa sila ng daan para sa kani­lang gagaw­ing ac­tiv­i­ties sa likod na hindi na­man na kasama sa slope sta­bi­liza­tion. Hindi ako nanini­wala na ini-au­tho­rized ni Mayor [Bay­ron] yan,” Car­bonell pointed out. He said that he learned from the driver of Ivy Michelle Trad­ing that over 625 trucks of ag­gre­gates and earth ma­te­ri­als had al­ready been hauled from the Kilo­me­ter 35 area for use in the road widen­ing projects in Barangay Iwahig. Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fi­cer (PENRO) Felizardo Cay­a­toc of the lo­cal of­fice of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) said, on the other hand, said Ivy Michelle should have con­ducted “an as­sess­ment of the slope pro­tec­tion and sta­bi­liza­tion project be­fore it ex­tracted ag­gre­gates in Nap­san.” Right now, the quar­ry­ing even wors­ened the sta­bil­ity of the soil which can fur­ther cause ero­sion, he said. “May pros­eso pa sup­pos­edly bago mag-un­der­take [nang slope pro­tec­tion] para mala­man kung anong method. We have to look into the soil. Merong mga pro­ce­dures yan. Hindi lang yung bak­bak ng bak­bak yan na gi­na­galaw yang bun­dok. Baka la­long mag cave-in, baka la­long mag­cause ng ero­sion,” Cay­a­toc said. He said he wants to know if the firm “has a de­sign on the slope sta­bi­liza­tion project it is us­ing as a rea­son for its

ex­trac­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the area, which is still a part of the cer­tifi­cate of an­ces­tral do­main ti­tle (CADT) of the Tag­banua dwellers of Nap­san.” Cay­a­toc said Ivy Michelle should have this to prove it knows what it is do­ing in the area. Cay­a­toc said there are sev­eral mea­sures that can be un­der­taken in ar­eas that are prone to land­slide and ero­sion, such as the in­stal­la­tion of gabions, long fiber co­conut coir ero­sion con­trol mats, or other ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures. “Mas ma­g­a­nda sana kung makikita natin ang plano at ang de­sign ng slope sta­bi­liza­tion para mala­man din natin kung hang­gang saan,” he said. Cay­a­toc said they are also con­duct­ing a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Ivy Michelle’s op­er­a­tions, es­pe­cially the cut­ting of trees, which have no per­mits.

Tag­banua indige­nous peo­ples Tag­banua (IP) leader indige­nous Jac­into Torce, said Ivy Michelle started its quar­ry­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and tree clear­ing in their area on Au­gust 1, 2018. “Sa am­ing pag­ba­ban­tay at pag-iikot sa area na sakop ng am­ing CADT ay nakita namin silang nag-clear­ing dito. Ito ay sakop ng am­ing lu­paing ni­n­uno at pinagkati­wala ito ng gob­y­erno sa amin at may malaki kam­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­dad dito tapos sisir­ain lang nila,” he said. The in­ter­a­gency in­spec­tion was con­ducted with IP rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cilor Nestor Saave­dra, Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) and Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­way (DPWH) and Mines and Geo­sciences Bureau (MGB). Car­bonell said he ex­pects the re­sults fo be out by Mon­day so that it can be pre­sented to the City Coun­cil.

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