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PENRO nets P.5 Million violation fines in July

| by: Ramon Gallardo

The non-stop campaign of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) against unlawful hauling has resulted to additional revenues of some Php 564,209 for the Capitol’s coffers.

PENRO Head Lawyer Czareen Joseph Estella, in his report to Gov. HIlario Davide III, stated that for the whole month of July, PENRO monitoring teams apprehended 68 violators in different towns and cities of Cebu.

The illegal haulers who utilized heavy equipment and other vehicles were chanced upon by the PENRO team in the towns of Alcoy, Oslob, Alcantara, Balamban, Badian, Carmen, Consolacion, Cordova, San Fernando, Dumanjug, Moalboal, Liloan and Sogod with no supporting papers backing for the legality of their hauling business.

Another team also caught on the act the violators in the cities of Mandaue, Talisay, Toledo, Naga, Carcar and Danao while hauling and delivering the various kinds of natural resources without the necessary documents required by the Cebu Provincial Government.

The operators of the apprehended vehicles were fined ranging from Php 10,000 to Php 10,840 depending on the gravity of their respective offenses, such as hauling without permit, without PTO sticker, tampered or expired Delivery Receipt, and misdeclaration or overloading and hauling commercial goods without the Provincial Treasurer’s Office sticker, among others.

The Provincial Government in safeguarding Cebu’s natural resources by implementing Ordinance No. 2008-10 or Revenue Code of Cebu of 2008 that regulates the quarrying of sand and gravel and other natural resources, not to mention the required papers needed in the hauling trade. (R. Gallardo)

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