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Gomez suspends export of Ormoc’s sand, gravel

Gomez suspends export of Ormoc’s sand, gravel

ORMOC CITY , Philippines – Mayor Richard Gomez has suspended the exportation of this city’s sand and gravel due to damage it caused on local rivers and the environment.

The city is a major source of Class A sand and gravel for the country’s construction sector. It exports an estimated 15,000 tons per week.

Gomez signed an executive order this week, suspending all new applications and renewal of sand and gravel quarry permits as well as transport of such outside the city.

He directed local officials to rehabilitate quarry sites with existing permits.

Gomez recently met with quarry operators and urged them to be responsible and comply with the law.

He said quarry sites found violating the order would be shutdown or their permits cancelled.

The order will take effect on Monday, according to Rafael Dumalan, city environment officer.

Dumalan said copies of the EO will be sent to sand and gravel quarry operators.

Earlier, Gomez prohibited quarry operations and its related activities during weekends and holidays to give residents of surrounding communities relief from noise and dusts brought by the grinding of boulders and stones. 

source: https://www.philstar.com/nation/2020/02/28/1996653/gomez-suspends-export-ormocs-sand-gravel?fbclid=IwAR2AWZBXy_Afu_yEXvNSvr5pl0HYOscUzNxJta4XoxerPgKxkYWxscNKFJI

"Ang pera ng gobyerno ginagamit sa tamang paraan, di tinitipid. Gagawa ako ng tamang plano at ito gagastusin natin kasi every year magkakaroon ng pondo coming from our own revenue. Hindi ako naniniwala sa gobyerno na sinasabing may savings kami. Pag tinago mo yung pera, di mo ginastos, di mo ginagawa yung programa para sa tao" – Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez during his inspection of the NHA housing project in Brgy. Dolores.Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez inspected the NHA housing project at Brgy.Dolores.The benefeciaries of this housing program are the victims of the earthquake last July 2017 that hit Ormoc City.

"Ang pera ng gobyerno ginagamit sa tamang paraan, di tinitipid. Gagawa ako ng tamang plano at ito gagastusin natin kasi every year magkakaroon ng pondo coming from our own revenue. Hindi ako naniniwala sa gobyerno na sinasabing may savings kami. Pag tinago mo yung pera, di mo ginastos, di mo ginagawa yung programa para sa tao" - Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez during his inspection of the NHA housing project in Brgy. Dolores.Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez inspected the NHA housing project at Brgy.Dolores.The benefeciaries of this housing program are the victims of the earthquake last July 2017 that hit Ormoc City.

Another day, another trail. We began our morning trail crossing 5 rivers along 3 Brgys in Ormoc. Then we went on to traverse two diversion road projects championed by @lucytgomez in Brgy Quezon Jr to Brgy Gaas which is around 14kms crossing the mountains and then to Brgy Liberty (the farthest Brgy of Ormoc) at the border of Ormoc and Burauen. Right beside the road is the sari- sari store owned by the former Brgy captain where we had lunch of sugba na baboy, sugba na tilapia, corned beef, sauteed sardines and salted eggs w lots of steaming white rice. On our way back we took the almost finished 11 kms Albuera-Burauen diversion road. It is situated at the highest mountain of Albuera and today the weather was very windy and pretty cold up there. There are about 3 kms left until that mountain road is passable to public vehicles .It was indeed a beautiful day to see our beautiful city, seeing kids in the outer skirts of the city, having a late lunch eating w our hands and enjoying the day with fellow riders while taking the rough roads and the mountainside.

Another day, another trail. We began our morning trail crossing 5 rivers along 3 Brgys in Ormoc. Then we went on to traverse two diversion road projects championed by @lucytgomez in Brgy Quezon Jr to Brgy Gaas which is around 14kms crossing the mountains and then to Brgy Liberty (the farthest Brgy of Ormoc) at the border of Ormoc and Burauen. Right beside the road is the sari- sari store owned by the former Brgy captain where we had lunch of sugba na baboy, sugba na tilapia, corned beef, sauteed sardines and salted eggs w lots of steaming white rice. On our way back we took the almost finished 11 kms Albuera-Burauen diversion road.  It is situated at the highest mountain of Albuera and today the weather was very windy and pretty cold up there. There are about 3 kms left until that mountain road is passable to public vehicles .It was indeed a beautiful day to see our beautiful city, seeing kids in the outer skirts of the city, having a late lunch eating w our hands and enjoying the day with fellow riders while taking the rough roads and the mountainside.