Quarry fee hike Okayed-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- No opposition. No resistance.
This was the common and final consensus Wednesday as stakeholders composed of small- and large-scale quarry operators, truckers, local officials and other stakeholders unanimously approved the increase of administrative fees imposed on extraction of materials in the province.
During the final consultative meeting conducted by the joint committees on environment protection and natural resources led by chair Board Member Nestor Tolentino and ways and means headed by Board Member Rosve Henson and vice chairman Board Member Dinan Labung, proposed Tax Ordinance No. 6 seeking to amend Section 128 of Tax Ordinance No. 4, series of 2011, the "green and go" was given by the stakeholders without opposition and resistance.
The amendment increases the rate of administrative fees imposed against the extraction of sand, gravel and other quarry resources from private and public lands within the Province of Pampanga from P12 per cubic meter to P15 per cubic meter or an additional P3 per cubic meter.
It was last August 12 when Tolentino, together with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Art Punsalan presented the proposal to some 60 quarry operators at the Executive House, where Governor Lilia Pineda met and thanked them for their support in pushing quarry revenues to a three-year high of about P900 million.
The increase of fees per truck, around P50 total, revealed Tolentino and Henson are for boosting Capitol’s solid waste management and environmental protection programs, as well as health and infrastructure projects.
"It's just bringing back to the environment what we take from the environment through quarrying," Tolentino said.
The quarry permittees led by Tony Ayson immediately stamped their approval on the proposed ordinance embodying the increase in fees.
Ex Officio Board Member Mike Tapang, who represented various truckers’ groups in Pampanga, similarly approved of the proposal as he pointed out it was reasonable and long overdue considering the inflation rate since 2003.
"As truckers, we find no resistance to the increase and we are amenable to it," he said.
Finding no other issues -- and as the Provincial Legal Office manifested its positive opinion -- Henson declared the consultative meetings completed. The proposed ordinance will be presented to the plenary this Friday during the Provincial Board’s regular session.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 19, 2013.