CLARK FREEPORT -- A village chief in Mabalacat City has asked Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to effect the resumption of quarry operations along the Sacobia River.
Barangay Calumpang chief Jimmy Jimenez said the quarry suspension order jointly issued by the provincial government and the CDC, which affected the local government units in terms of revenues, should be lifted immediately.
Officials of Pampanga and CDC decided to suspend the quarry operation until the issues related to the management and control of the ancestral lands of the Aetas in Mabalacat City in Pampanga province and Bamban town in Tarlac province are resolved.
Calumpang’s scholarship program was affected as the barangay can no longer provide educational assistance to hundreds of scholars, according to Jimenez.
“We get our scholarship funds from the revenues and shares we get from quarry operations,” Jimenez said in the vernacular.
The village chief disclosed that some 100 hectares along the Sacobia River, which belong to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), is situated in Barangay Calumpang.
Jimenez said that CDC and the provincial government may resume the quarry operation inside the property owned by the BCDA.
According to the barangay official, the BCDA-owned property is no longer within the ancestral lands.
Quarry trucks may use barangays Macapagal, Marcos and Calumpang as exit points, Jimenez added.
“I can show our beloved governor the map showing that the BCDA property I am saying is no longer within the ancestral lands,” Jimenez said.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on September 22, 2017.
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