The Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO) has discovered illegally quarried high-grade adobe stones hidden underneath more than five hectares of rice farm in Sta Maria, Bulacan.
According to a Manila Bulletin report, the stones were found in Sitio Alimasag, Barangay Camangyanan.
In his report to Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, BENRO Chief Julius Victor Degala said the adobe stones were not covered by a quarrying permit.
According to the Bulletin report, Fernando led a surprise inspection of the quarry site with the BENRO team, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) led by Maj. June Tabigo-on, and the Provincial Public Affairs Office headed by Katrina Anne Balingit.
They discovered four deep pit bowls of quarries including an exhausted one where stones were extracted and filled with rainwater at a depth of more than 10 feet which may pose danger to residents in the vicinity, the report said.
Fernando said he will meet with the municipal government regarding the illegal quarrying activity.