Bonbon bridge is falling down?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


ILLEGAL excavation is reportedly threatening the structural integrity of the Bonbon Bridge.

This is why Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella wants the illegal excavation of sand and gravel in the mountain barangay of Bonbon stopped.

Labella said that the excavation, which is conducted near the newly-completed P14 million Bonbon bridge, is threatening the structural integrity of the facility.

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The vice mayor inspected the site in Sitio Camarin yesterday and saw the damage brought by small-scale miners.

The river, which forms part of the Mananga River, has been heavily dredged.

"Now you can see the large boulders, you don't see those before. This (illegal excavation) should be stopped because it affects the structural integrity of the bridge," he said.

Millions

Labella also said that there is a need to protect the infrastructure because not only did it cost millions to build, it has helped improved the lives of the community residents.

Children now use the bridge to go to school.

Before the bridge was constructed, residents in Bonbon have to wade through the river.

Bonbon Barangay Councilor Boy Ababon said that the bridge was only opened to the public this week.

It was constructed some time in 2012 yet.

Moreover, Labella said that the ongoing excavation activities have to be stopped because these don't have the necessary permits from the City Government.

This, he said, violates the provision of the Cebu City Small-Scale Mining Ordinance, which he authored.

Fine

Based on the ordinance, those who extract minerals without a permit from the City will be fined P1,000 to P2,000 for the first offense; P2,000 to P3,000 for the second offense; and P3,000 to P5,000 for the third offense.

Third-time offenders will lose their business permits and will be barred from reapplying for another one.

The extracted minerals will be forfeited in favor of the City Government.

Labella said he will ask Bonbon barangay officials, headed by Barangay Captain Eduardo Cabriana, to submit a report to him on the ongoing illegal excavation of sand and gravel in the barangay.

Labella also directed officials to put a stop to it.

Neneng Oyao, one of those who extract sand and gravel, is worried over the move to stop small-scale mining.

She said it is her only livelihood.

Oyao hopes that the City will reconsider its move or provide alternative livelihood for them.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2014.

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