Pampanga to address shortage of ‘white gold’
Quarry firms in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga province are facing a decline in supply of high-quality sand, known as “white gold”.
“We currently have low supply of sand, kasi walang source due to natural compaction of the province’s upstream portion. It has not been raining lately that is why sand is not cascading to the quarry sites. The supply is not as good as before. It’s a factor of nature at work,” said Art Punsalan, Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGenro) chief.
The shortage of supply of sand and some quarry materials in the province may affect quarry revenues that benefit thousands of people in the province, especially following the P2 billion revenue target poised by Governor Lilia Pineda last year.
According to Punsalan, the provincial government is thinking of measures and interventions to strictly regulate quarrying operations.
“Together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, we have called the attention of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to help us with the study of engineering interventions to address the issue of scarcity, but it will take time,” he said.
“As part of this rehabilitation plan, we are looking at suspending operations within the areas assessed as over-quarrying zones, to give way for actual replenishment, like in the cases of Bacolor, Mexico, Porac, and Floridablanca which are now under environment audit,” he added.
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