Quarry revenues near P1-B mark

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Friday, December 6, 2013

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Collections from the quarry operations of Capitol under the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda are nearing the P1 billion mark, as revenues for the month of November this year were posted at P23,642,500.

Documents from the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) show that from July 2010 up to December 2, 2013 collections now total to P914,312,500, excluding quarry derivatives like weighing scale and accreditation fees.

Monthly quarry revenues averaged no lower than P20 million per month since January, peaking to P27,300,000 in April and sustaining the curve to P20 million in August despite the onslaught of the Habagat. From July to December 2010, collections were posted at P119,385,000, then P238,380,000 from January to December 2011, and P264,530,000 for the whole year of 2012.

Recently, Pineda lauded and acknowledged the efforts of the PGENRO and the Kapampangan A Lulugud At Matapat (Kalam) quarrymen, plus the cooperation of quarry operators and truckers for the record-breaking feat that has translated for huge benefits to Pampanga.

The challenge now, PGENRO head Engr. Art Punsalan told Sun.Star Pampanga, is to sustain and maintain the top grossing quarry revenues.

"As we near the P1.0 billion mark, the challenge for us now is to maintain and sustain the collections. We are very grateful for the support of all our stakeholders in raising quarry collections which indeed benefit Kapampangans in terms of projects and services. What we get from the environment, we must return to the environment," he said.

For Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr., the historic quarry revenues are a result of systems and safeguards in place.

"These are now the rightful and realistic trends in our quarry revenues. From the start of this administration, we have enhanced our control and collection systems, including safeguards that have been in place. We will continue to improve quarry operations since revenues from the industry fuel much of Capitol’s projects like farm to market roads, maintenance of roads and bridges and the delivery of basic services to Kapampangans," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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