BISHOP Vicente Navarra D.D. of the Diocese of Bacolod said “mother earth bleeds” following reports that illegal quarrying activities become rampant in Barangay Alangilan.

“I call on everyone particularly the City Government of Bacolod to seriously protect and preserve that which is good; that which is our life source so Mother Earth can continue nurturing us,” said Navarra.

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The lands and mountains are sacred gifts of God to mankind and man was entrusted with the nurturing and caring of these gifts that shall be the source of all that is good for the nourishment of all that has life, opined Navarra.

“Alangilan and all of Bacolod City have one mountain left that practically gives life to its communities,” the bishop said, stressing that quarrying and other activities are detrimental to the community and the environment.

Alangilan is a water source with many rivers, creeks and springs that supply the entire city’s need for water but with all the quarrying in the area, the quality and quantity of our water source in Alangilan is declining, Navarra said.

Also he said Alangilan is considered as a vegetable bowl, called the Little Baguio of Bacolod and Land of Springs, and more. “But all these will soon disappear if we continue with the indiscriminate so called “development” activities without regard for the environment and our source of life.”

He added: “Let us not forget that the destruction of our natural environment affects not just the environment but more than anything else, the people. It has brought hazards to countless lives: flashfloods, pollution and other tragedies caused by irresponsible human activities with no thought to the precious lives in the name of profit.” (George M.dela Cruz)