Capitol earned P286T in May from violators’ fines

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


IN JUST a month, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) collected more than P286,000 in administrative fines from violators who had problems with their receipts and permits last May.

The violations include hauling washed sand with open-dated delivery receipt, hauling boulders without delivery receipt, and extraction in non-permitted areas, the Cebu Provincial Government reported.

Aside from this, PENRO also caught violators hauling crushed sand without a Provincial Treasurer’s Office or (PTO) sticker on their trucks, and shipping sand and gravel which come from illegal sources.

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Lawyer Czareem Joseph Estella, officer-in-charge of PENRO, reported to Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III that the violators were intercepted by the monitoring teams of PENRO.

Among of the areas where offenders were caught were in the cities of Toledo, Talisay, Danao and Mandaue.

The penalty of the offenders is between P10,000 and P10,800, depending on the violation committed and the type of vehicle used.

Under Provincial Government Ordinance No. 2008-10 or the Revenue Code of Cebu of 2008, a fine of P10,000 per truck will be imposed on the first offense.

The second offense will have a fine of P20,000.

The same ordinance states that the hauling vehicle used may also be confiscated or impounded.

In October last year, Estella appeared before the Provincial Board to answer queries related to haulers who are allegedly into the practice of repeatedly using delivery receipts of sand and gravel to avoid payment.

It was reported that taxes on sand, gravel and other quarry in 2012 was P7.36 million, compared to last year’s collection up to that month with only P6.94 million.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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