The Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) headed by Cris Albolote with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) attended a consultation meeting on the regulation of sand, gravel, and stone extraction at the municipality of San Juan on March 26, 2019. The meeting was set to discuss measures to protect the environment especially the adjacent land to the Abra River.
Mayor Meynardo M. Bautista Jr., the concerned barangays, and representatives from construction industries also attended the said meeting.
Among the topics were the devolving functions of the quarry in terms of sand and gravel extraction and the process of application. Albolote said that they also discussed the existing implementing rules and regulations from the national government as the municipality aims to come up with an ordinance.
ENRO and PENRO also made an emphasis that the quarry ordinance on sand and gravel extraction is an imposition of the provincial government devolved by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Albolote also appealed to the LGUs to protect the environment in their territories and enforce regulations.
Albolote said that using natural resources has corresponding rules and regulations to sustain the environment.
According to Albolote, they will also conduct a consultation meeting with the other municipalities on the regulation of sand and gravel.