Contractors: Quarry suspension affects construction business

THE Cebu Contractors Association (CCA) fears that the suspension of sand and gravel extraction activities would affect the construction sector.

The group plans to seek clarification from Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who issued Memorandum Circular 4-2019, which suspends all permits for quarry issued by the Province pending review.

CCA secretary Bernard Sia said the group held a meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, after learning through the media about the governor’s decision.

He said their first reaction was to pay a courtesy call on Garcia, so they could discuss the memorandum with her.

“We want to know the restrictions,” Sia said.

Sia said there was a law passed eight years ago and it set load limits for hauling trucks. A truck is only allowed to carry 12 cubic meters of sand and gravel, he said.

“The Cebu contractors are always working together with the government. Modesty aside, the CCA has been the voice of the construction industry in the Visayas,” he said.

Sia said he is hopeful that Garcia will listen to the group in a meeting that may happen next week.

Also on Tuesday, July 2, police nabbed nine persons for illegally extracting sand and gravel in Barangay Tagbubonga, Asturias, Cebu.

Truck driver Benjie Alcantara was caught along with haulers Francis Cuizon, Nomer Monter, Virgilio Noya, Demetrio Taburnal, Claviano Cuizon, Leonides Noval, Elizer Cuizon and Teodoro Pucot.

The personnel of Asturias Police Station led the operation. They were assisted by the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company.

Cebu Police Provincial Office Director Roderick Mariano said the quarry workers were caught during a checkpoint.

The arrested persons will face charges for violating Republic Act 7942, or the Philippine Mining Act. Some Tagbubonga village officials said the quarry workers had been extracting sand and gravel from a river for quite some time before they got arrested.

“They were arrested for they didn’t have a permit,” Mariano said.

The police also took custody of the three forward trucks that were used to transport sand and gravel. (EOB, WBS)


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