DENR suspends all quarry operations in eight regions
Following a landslide that occurred near a quarry site in Cebu, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had stopped all quarry operations in eight regions of the country to assess the safety in their operations.
The regions covered by the suspension order are Ilocos, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Caraga.
“The suspension will be effective until such time that the review and assessment of quarry operations are completed, [including] surrounding communities as far as their safety from the impact of the quarry operations and geohazards is concerned,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said.
He also ordered a review and assessment of all quarry operations nationwide to determine the safety of their operations and of surrounding communities.
Following the landslide, a team of technical personnel from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) was created “to conduct a thorough and independent investigation and check why [the landslide] happened, how it happened, and what we should do.”
Cimatu has also ordered the EMB to suspend the Environmental Compliance Certificate of Apo Land and Quarry Corporation, the company who owns the quarry site near the area where the landslide took place.