Fall­ing in­come from quarry fees noted for 1st and 2nd quar­ters

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business - By Jo Ann Sablad

The city’s in­come from quar­ries as of the fist and se­cond quar­ters of this year has dras­ti­cally fallen due to the slow ap­proval of quarry per­mits, a city coun­cilor said.

City Coun­cilor En­rico Sal­cedo on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9, said com­pared to last year’s in­come gen­er­ated from quar­ry­ing fees, this year’s in­come has de­creased by more than a mil­lion.

Data from the City Lo­cal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Clenro), the in­come pro­duced from quar­ry­ing fees for the months of Jan­uary to Au­gust of 2017 to­taled P772,650, a huge drop com­pared to the P2,823,680 col­lected dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

“Tun­god kay un­til now ang re­newal ba­gal kaayo. Hang­tod karon wala na re­new ang quarry per­mit kay tun­god sa MGB (Mines and Geo­sciences Bu­reau). Mao nang gi­patawag namo sila kay unsa’y hi­n­ung­dan nganong dugay kaayo ang ap­proval sa per­mit. Tun­god kay ang mo-ap­prove man gyud diha kay ang CMRB (City Min­ing Reg­u­la­tory Board). Ang chair­man sa CMRB ang di­rec­tor sa MGB, si Di­rec­tor Rex Mon­santo (Its be­cause un­til now the re­newal of the per­mit is slow. Un­til now, the quarry per­mit has not been re­newed be­cause of MGB. That’s why we called their at­ten­tion to find out the rea­son why the ap­proval of per­mit is tak­ing a long time. Its be­cause the CMRB is sup­posed to ap­prove the per­mits. The chair­man of CMRB is also the di­rec­tor of MGB, Di­rec­tor Rex Mon­santo),” Sal­cedo said.

He added that ac­cord­ing to CMRB, one of the rea­sons for the slow ap­proval of quar­ry­ing per­mits is the vi­o­la­tions in the min­ing plan.

“In­gon sila naay vi­o­la­tion man gyud. Kung naay vi­o­la­tion, i-fine nato sila. Tu­tal nag-fine na­man sila, ta­ban­gan sila kung un­saon ma­sunod nila ang min­ing pro­gram. Ang nahitabo karon, dugay kaayo ma-ap­prove ang ilang per­mit tun­god kay ta­lagsa ra gameet­ing ang CMRB (They said there’s a vi­o­la­tion. If there’s one, they should be fined. Since they were fined, they should help the vi­o­la­tors in fol­low­ing the min­ing pro­gram. What hap­pened now is that the CMRB only or­ga­nized their meet­ings once),” Sal­cedo said.

Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy has di­rected the Com­mit­tee on En­vi­ron­ment, Com­mit­tee on Ways and Means, and the Com­mit­tee on Trade and Com­merce to look into the de­crease.

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