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Hagedorn displeased by rampant quarrying in Puerto Princesa City PDF Print E-mail

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Nov. 10 (PNA) - Clearly displeased by rampant quarrying in the rivers of Barangay Inagawan and other areas being dug up for gravel and sand here, Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn immediately ordered on Tuesday the replacement of his representative to the City Mining and Regulatory Board (CMRB).

In a meeting of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) at Sitio Magarwak, Barangay Sta. Lourdes yesterday, Hagedorn ordered the replacement of City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Rogelio Daquer as the city government’s representative in the CMRB following alleged failure to take a strong position against quarrying.

Allegedly, the order was issued after Daquer failed to provide adequate answers on Hagedorn’s inquiry regarding widespread quarrying in Inagawan despite reports from the Palawan NGO Network, Inc. (PNNI), a non-government environment watchdog, that the area’s rivers, as well as other rivers being quarried in Puerto Princesa, are seriously suffering from erosion due to uncontrolled and unchecked taking of gravel and sand.

Hagedorn’s order will be out today through an executive order, and will have City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Jovenie Sagun as Daquer’s replacement.

In addition, Hagedorn also ordered the expansion of the CMRB to include representatives of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and the PNNI as members.

However, Atty. Augustin Rocamora, the city administrator, said only the national government has the right to expand the membership of the CMRB as it was the one that created the mining regulatory body.

Meanwhile, asked to comment on the matter, Daquer said he will reserve his comments until the issuance of his memorandum to clarify issues that are being thrown against him concerning the quarry operations problem in Puerto Princesa.

“It’s okay that I am replaced, and I am also preparing my memorandum so that I could explain my side regarding the accusations against me. It’s not true that I am not doing anything. I did so many things, they just do not see them,” Daquer said.

In September, the Bantay Puerto Program of the city government ordered nine construction companies and corporations to stop quarrying in the rivers of Inagawan Subcolony in Barangay Inagawan.

The order was issued by Bantay Puerto program manager Antonio Reyes after the Bantay Gubat component of his office reported that the permits of the construction companies have notable irregularities. Many of them have expired quarrying permits.

His order also followed calls from the PNNI for the city government to look into excessive quarrying in the rivers of Inagawan, as well as other river areas in Puerto Princesa, that is threatening their ecological systems. (PNA)
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