The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) collected P286,482.50 in administrative fines from 25 violators in various areas of the province last month.
PENRO Officer in Charge Czareem Joseph Estella, in his monthly report to Gov. Hilario Davide III, disclosed that the offenders were chanced upon by the monitoring PENRO teams in different areas of the province, including the cities of Toledo, Talisay, Danao, and Mandaue.
Their violations were ranging from hauling washed sand covered with opened dated delivery receipt, hauling boulders without delivery receipt and extraction of non-permitted areas, hauling crushed sand without Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO) sticker, and hauling sand and gravel from illegal source, among others.
Their penalty fee varies from Php 10,000 to Php 10,800 depending on the kind of violations committed by the haulers who utilized different types of cargo vehicles, such as a backhoe, in the illegal quarrying and hauling of prohibited materials.
To safeguard Cebu’s natural resources, the Provincial Government came up with Ordinance No. 2008-10 also known as the Revenue Code of Cebu of 2008, which regulates the quarrying of sand and gravel and other natural resources. The first offender will be slapped with Php 10,000 fine per truck and the second offense will be fined with Php 20,000. Otherwise, the vehicle used will be confiscated and impounded.