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PENRO intensifies campaign against unlawful haulers                                      

| by: Ramon Gallardo

The monitoring team from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) intensified its operations against illegal hauling in five cities and seven municipalities in the southern and northern part of the province

This resulted to the Cebu Provincial Government accumulating some Php 376,807.00 in fines for the month of June 2014.

The considerable amount of penalties was derived from the fines of 36 violators who represented among others a construction firm and a mining company. They are individuals engaged in delivering sand and gravel and other regulated natural resources.  Their fines ranged from Php 10,000 to Php 10,700, depending on the gravity of the offense.

PENRO Officer-in-Charge Czareem Joseph Estella, in his monthly report to Gov. Hilario Davide III, stated that the monitoring teams from his office conducted various operations in different parts of the province.  The offenders were chanced upon while delivering sand, gravel and limestone in places in the cities of Talisay, Naga, Carcar, Toledo, and Mandaue.  The other violators were apprehended in the towns of Consolacion, Liloan, Carmen, Catmon, Oslob, and Malabuyoc.

Their respective offenses were mostly for hauling without delivery receipt and/or with tampered receipt, open dated delivery receipt, without Provincial Treasurer’s Office sticker, without permit, and fake delivery receipt, among others.

The Provincial Government in its drive to safeguard the natural resources of the province has an ordinance No. 2008-10, otherwise known as the Revenue Code of Cebu of 2008. It regulates the quarrying of sand and gravel and other natural resources.

Last month of May, PENRO has collected some Php 286,482.50 in administrative fines from apprehended illegal haulers.