Capitol plans to increase quarry fees by P50

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Monday, August 12, 2013


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino said Monday that Capitol is eyeing a proposal to increase quarry fees by another P50 per truck to generate extra income for the Pampanga's environment and solid waste management programs.

Tolentino, chair of the Provincial Board's committee on environment and natural resources, together with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Art Punsalan and Governor Lilia Pineda, met some 60 quarry operators at the Executive House to thank them for support in pushing quarry revenues to a three-year high of about P900 million, as well as listen to concerns of the permitees from across Pampanga.

"Of course, it is still a proposal and we will conduct public hearings on the planned increase with stakeholders. The very idea of the additional P50 is for our solid waste management and environmental protection programs. It’s just bringing back to the environment what we take from the environment through quarrying," he said.

The current fee of P350 per truck, Tolentino added, has gone a long way in boosting Capitol's health and infrastructure projects: "A lot of it has gone to infrastructure like roads and our hospitals. Even towns and barangays have benefited immensely from our quarry industry through development assistance from Capitol."

The proposal was met by applause and approval from the quarry operators, who signified their intention to support the plan.

Meanwhile, Pineda revealed that two Kapampangan A Lulugud At Matapat personnel were dismissed following the discovery by authorities that they recycled receipts in transactions. She added that nine others were dismissed because of the use of illegal drugs.

"I pity them because they have families, too. But this administration is very keen on the discipline of Capitol employees and will not tolerate such misbehavior. Please police your ranks too, to avoid connivance among your people and so we can put a stop to this," she said.

The governor also thanked the quarry operators whom she noted played a big role in achieving the P900 million quarry collection of her administration.

"But I am satisfied with it," she said in jest, "so I am looking at P1.0 billion by December. We are now currently looking for other avenues where we could market our fine sand. Thank you so much for your support and cooperation. Luid kayu," said Pineda.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 13, 2013.

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