Provincial Government of Bulacan

PGB heightens measures against illegal quarrying, illegal logging

CITY OF MALOLOS– To further protect the environment from illegal quarry operations and illegal loggers, the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando through its Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO) established a total of nine checkpoints all over the province.

According to BENRO Head Atty. Julius Victor De Gala, these checkpoints will guard the transport of quarry materials to make sure that those are from permitted sources.

In addition, their office created a roving team to watch checkpoints outside the regular 8:00 am to 5:00 pm hours.

Fernando cleared that quarrying has high demands and provides jobs for the Bulakenyos.

“Ang regulated at permitted quarrying ay namomonitor kung kaya hindi tahasang nasisira ang kapaligiran dahil dito. Ang illegal quarrying po ang kalaban at ‘yun ang patuloy nating binabantayan at nilalabanan,” the governor said.

Since the governor’s first term on 2019, BENRO had monitored and patrolled 468 illegal logging reports; monitored and investigated 181 quarry and mining concerns; checked 35,494 vehicles for accreditation stickers; and collected 128,551 pieces of delivery receipts and transport slips.

De Gala also shared that despite the lockdowns and the rise in prices of petroleum products, the collection from fines of trucks is still the same, and that these fines are going straight to the Capitol because their office issues Official Receipts from the Provincial Treasurer’s Office. ###