Pampanga Gov, Vice Gov hold emergency meeting on quarry suspension
Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda led an emergency meeting Tuesday with officials of relevant local government units and national agencies over the suspension of quarry operations.
The Philippine Information Agency-Central Luzon said the top two provincial politikos met with local officials from Arayat, Magalang, Porac and Floridablanca towns.
Officers from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Housing Authority, and the Department of Public Works and Highways were also in attendance.
Quarry operators in Pampanga were present as well at the meeting held at Kingsborough International Convention Center in San Fernando City.
Facilitated by the provincial environment office, the meeting centered on the suspension of quarry operations in eight regions across the country, including Central Luzon.
The suspension of all quarry operations in Regions 1, 3, 4-A, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 13 stemmed from the massive landslide in Naga City, Cebu last Sept. 20, killing 60 people, with 28 others unaccounted for.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau said that the suspension takes effect for 15 days pending the conduct of safety and geohazard assessment of surrounding communities.(END)
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