In its campaign to protect the environment, personnel from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) apprehended five violators in different areas in the province in the month of July.
On July 2, a monitoring team from PENRO chanced upon three truckloads of ordinary sand in a checkpoint conducted in the town of Liloan. Upon verification, the three drivers failed to show their permit as well as delivery receipts to the persons manning the checkpoint which resulted to the impounding of their respective vehicles. The erring individuals were consequently brought to the barangay hall where the trucks were temporarily impounded.
On July 11, the PENRO team set up a checkpoint in the municipality of Ronda and caught a truck loaded with limestone. When asked about their permit, the violators could not produce such requirements which prompted the team to apprehend them. They were turned over to the police station and their vehicle impounded for proper disposition.
On the same day, the team proceeded to the town of Malabuyoc and their checkpoint intercepted the driver of a truck loaded with boulders and without permit to show which is illegal. The vehicle was eventually impounded at the barangay hall.
The three drivers were apprehended for violation of Provincial Ordinance Sec. 198 and were slapped with Administrative Fines and Penalties of P10,000 each for extracting and hauling materials without the required permit. The violators’vehicle were however released after they paid the fine and penalties at the Capitol treasurer’s office. Penalties other than the P10,000 were added. This was based on the volume of materials loaded on their vehicles. (Ramon Gallardo)