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Reynald Bulos

Quezon City, Philippines

#1 Mar 3, 2011
The expose on the quarry scam is about to cost the lives of 3 brave journalist who took the cudgels what others are afraid to do-publish the truth about the shameless doings of some local politicos.

Please, let us print what you know on the issue.

Also, for TOPIX to print news items/articles from local and national papers about the quarry scam.

more power!
Milka de Jesus

Quezon City, Philippines

#2 Mar 4, 2011
Reprinted from Tarlac Review

Is there Quarry scam in Tarlac?
By Bolos & Hubierna

With my series of articles entitled: TPLEX construction opens Pandora’s box, many now are asking, Is there Quarry scam in Tarlac?
Let the records speak.
A joint report of the Tarlac Sangguiang Panlalawigan Committees on Natural Resources and Ways and means showed that the annual quarry tax collection of the Province for the past five years is only P2-3 Million.
The Provincial Treasurer’s report to the Joint Committee was: P3.806 Million (2005); P3.295 Million (2006); P2.474 Million (2007); P2.559 Million (2008), and P2.922 Million (2009).
The Province’s earnings come from the P60 quarry tax per truckload of sand, soil or gravel extracted from its rivers and land.
Perhaps, at a glance nothing is wrong. However, it is noticeable that in the period 2007 to 2009 the annual tax collection are much, much lower than what was collected in years 2005 and 2006.
It must be remembered that in 2007 to 2009 the famous SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) was constructed, and a considerable portion of the elevated superhighway is in the Province of Tarlac.
Former Boardmember Amado De Leon claims “atleast 40 Million cubic meters of filling materials were used for the 94-kilometer flagship project”.
A 3rd District mayor volunteered the information that the program of works of the SCTEX Interchange at Santiago, Concepcion town, required more than 1.5 million cubic meters of filling materials all sourced allegedly from rivers of the Province.(This is around 100,000 truck loads of quarry materials.)
At P60 per truckload in quarry tax, does this not sum up to atleast P6 Million in quarry tax? And this is only for one SCTEX interchange!
However, the SCTEX portion in Tarlac has 4 interchanges and numerous cross-over, one wonders were all the quarry taxes went.
Assuming only 30% of the claimed 40 Million cubic meters (roughly 800,000 truck loads) of earth materials requirement in the construction of SCTEX, and at P60 quarry tax per truckload, should not the quarry tax collection be atleast P48 Million?
Ironically, the collection of the Provincial Treasury for the years 2007 to 2009 were way below P3 Million per year.
In comparison, the Province of Pampanga earned P120 Million in quarry taxes within the six (6) months period this July to December 2010, and that’s without a SCTEX, or a TPLEX construction.
A reliable source also says, even without the construction of the TPLEX or the SCTEX, EVERYDAY atleast 1,000 truck loads of quarry materials delivered to different private and public construction sites and hollow blocks makers within the Province.
Thus, the Province should have been earning around P20 Million in quarry tax per year!
Moreover, according to a former Capitol employee (actually he is a former consultant to a former governor), the quarry tax collection in 1997 was P9 Million, and in 1998 this went down to P6 Million. Consequently, onwards, it is said that the annual quarry tax collection from 1999 to 2009 leveled off to P1-3 Million per year.
Is it possible that the constructions’ demand and the use of quarry materials in 1997-98 is much greater than in 2009? Of course that’s impossible. Then, where have all quarry taxes go? Perhaps, gone with the wind…
Now, is there quarry scam in Tarlac? Naturally, those who are earning from the quarry operations would say: There’s no quarry scam. But for ordinary citizens, they can only say otherwise.
All told, this is a decade old occurrence at the home province of the P-Noy. Mr. President, can we do something about this?
(Next issue: The Hundred Million extra quarry fees at TPLEX?)
Anonymous

Quezon City, Philippines

#3 Mar 24, 2011
Gerona quarry operators defy
DENR-EMB stop order
By Nelson Bolos

Gerona, Tarlac -- The Environmental Management Bureau inutile?

Despite recently served with Notices of Violation by the EMB, the 4 quarry operators in this town continued their quarry operations since Friday (March 11) to this writing (March 19).

A local resident who refused to be named said,“Quarry operations (in this town) and the delivery of quarry materials to the TPLEX did not stop. For the past week since the EMB served the NOVs. It is business as usual for them.”

The NOV served to quarry permittees Monaco B Eclar, Edalia Nuguid, Benjamin Bala and Eduardo Matias states,“you are hereby ordered to cease quarry operation”.

The EMB notice also says,“Inspection conducted by our technical staff showed you have been operating a quarry without first securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate from this office in violation of Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1586”.

Eloy Eclar, father of Monaco and this town’s municipal administrator refused to issue any statement on the NOV.

Eclar was, however, quoted earlier in a published news when asked about MB Eclar’s ECC as saying “Tanong mo sa Kapitolyo, kasi sila ang nag-i-issue mga permit. Alam ko kumpleto mga iyan (ECC) bago ilabas”.

The EMB Region III order signed by Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio is an offshoot of EMB National Director Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna’s earlier Memorandum to investigate “allege illegal quarries”.

When informed of the continuous operation of Gerona quarry permittees despite serving of NOVs, Claudio said in an SMS,“If you or your informer are in the area, please have the alleged ongoing operations documented. Penalty shall be imposed on them.”

Former Municipal Councilor Bastian Ines who resides at Barangay sulipa, said in a SMS,“Hindi naman huminto mga dump truck, dumami pa mga truck”.

Ines was referring to the quarry operation of Eclar at their barangay which published pictures show stripped down a sizeable portion of a “protective hill”.

The same local resident also commented,“This (continuous operation of quarries) is a flagrant violation of the law. They have been found operating without ECC, thus, they were ordered to stop quarrying. Yet they don’t even heed a DENR director’s order. This is lawlessness in this town.”

“If we can not implement the law, neither can we compel violators to stop doing unlawful acts, then we better scrap the laws and banish the office tasked to implement them”, also said the source who is holder of a Doctorate Degree and a Dean of local college here.

According to the Local Government Code, the power to grant quarry permits and administer quarry operation is vested on the governor.

Gerona recently made news when reports of multi-million peso allege quarry scam involving local government officials were published.

“Definitely the defiance to the order of the EMB by these quarry operators is known to ranking local officials. They will not be bold enough to continue quarrying if there is no consent from high government official”, also said the source.
(Reprinted from Tarlac Review)
Anonymous

Quezon City, Philippines

#4 Mar 24, 2011
Tarlac City council stops quarry operations;
Capitol-City feud looms
By: Nelson Bolosa & George Hubierna
(Reprinted from Tarlac Review and Reporter)

Tarlac City -- It could be the most unfitting gift to this Province’s governor who turns 51 yesterday.

During the last weekly session of this City’s Sangguniang Panlunsod, the SP presided by Vice Mayor Miguel Tanedo “unanimously passed a resolution stopping quarry operations in the city” which permits were granted by the Provincial Government.

Former three-termer Boardmember, now city councilor, Amado De Leon who introduced the SP Resolution said,“It is about time the rampant (illegal) quarrying activities should stop because these (quarry operations) destroy our ecological balance and endanger the lives and properties of the people”.

The copy of the resolution furnished by the office of the SP Secretary empowers the City Mayor “to direct the City Engineer, City Planning and Development Office and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office to stop the quarrying of common burrow, soil and red clay within the territorial jurisdiction of the City”.

This development is perceived to be an offshoot of the widely publicized “Tarlac quarry scam” which is partly related to the ongoing P19 Billion Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway where hundreds of truckloads of quarried sand soil are delivered daily.

“Though, we (City officials) do not have a hand in the approval of the quarry permits, we have the power to stop any unlawful quarry activities specially when these affects the people (of the City)”, also said De leon.

A confidential source from the DENR recently revealed that quarry operations in Tarlac have no Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECC) from the Environmental Management Bureau. Just recently also, EMB Director Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna ordered an “investigation on the alleged illegal quarries in Tarlac.”

Reports of quarry scam in Tarlac made the news, when last January, Vice Governor Pearl Pacada and Boardmember Antonio Cervantez announced in separate interviews that the SP is set to conduct investigation on the reported anomalies, but which was consequently cancelled after an alleged meeting with Governor Victor Yap.

Reports have it that the Provincial coffers is being deprived of more than a hundred million pesos in quarry taxes per year as it (Capitol) declares an annual quarry revenues of only P2-3 Million for the past 6 years.

“We are not against the TPLEX (project), but these quarrying should not continue unless there is assurance or study that they are not endangering our people and our environment”, also said De leon.

TPLEX has around 8 kilometers portion in this city and which also supplies most of the quarry materials being used in the construction of the elevated super highway.

A resource person privy on the quarry scams stories said,“Surely. it will be a political war between the City and the Capitol if this Resolution is affected. The governor will be put to shame if the city stops the quarry permits granted by the Capitol.”
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#6 Apr 7, 2011
Reprinted from Tarlac Review

EMB stops illegal quarry in Gerona
By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna

Gerona, Tarlac -- With the recent memorandum of Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, Director of Environmental Management Bureau, to investigate illegal quarry operations, the long arm of the law finally catches on this town’s quarry moguls.
Yesterday (March 11, 2011), EMB Region III office’s legal and enforcement staff served the Notices of Violation (NOV) to all quarry operators of this town with order “to cease quarry operations” for violating Presidential Decree 1586.
Under the Local Government Code, the power to grant quarry permits is vested exclusively with the Governor.
The NOVs signed by EMB 3 Director, Lormelyn Claudio, were addressed to the 4 quarry permittees, namely Monaco Eclar, Benjamin Bala, Edalia Nuguid and Eduardo Matias. The last 3 permittees are operators of sand quarry along the Tarlac River at Barangays Ayson and Tagumbao.
Monaco Eclar, the boyish son of this town’s Municipal Administrator, is the only soil quarry permittee in Gerona which published pictures shows have excavated a sizeable portion of a “protective hill” of Barangay Sulipa.
The NOVs say,“Inspection conducted by our technical staff showed you have been operating a quarry without first securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate from this office in violation of Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1586”.
Andresito Cabalar, Provincial Environmental Management Officer for Tarlac, refused to issue any statement when sought for comment of reports that all the 37 quarry operations in Tarlac Province have no ECCs,
Gerona made the news recently when national and local newspapers published stories of allege millions of earnings by some local officials from the quarry operations related partly on the ongoing P19 Billion Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.
This town has around 10 kilometers potion of the 88.56-kilometer TPLEX which also supplies the millions of cubic meters of quarry materials being used in the construction of the elevated super highway.
Earlier sought for comment, Eloy Eclar reportedly said,“ako nag-ooperate dahil may permit (ako) ng Capitol. Kapag sinabi ng Capitol na tigil ako, titigil ako (sa quarry operation)”.
A source privy on the well publicized quarry scandal disclosed,“the operation of Eclar’s quarry could have extensively destroyed the hydrological make up and ecological balance of the surrounding areas and this will significantly affect agricultural productivity”.
Published pictures shows Eclar’s quarry operation could have excavated an estimated thousands of cubic meters of earth from a hill serving as a “water shed” of the westerly areas of this town.
The recognized whistle blower of the now internationally known “Tarlac quarry scam” says,“our research on the quarry issue is not on the persons involved but on how the quarry operations are conducted. For one, laws like ECC should be complied with even if it is not required in the application of a quarry permit”.
Asked earlier for an ECC of his quarry, the elder Eclar said through SMS,“Tanong mo sa Capitol, sila nag-iissue ng permit. Alam ko kumpleto mga ‘yan bago ilabas (permit)”.
The Provincial Government’s requirement in the application OF quarry permits does not include ECC.
In a related development, the Tarlac City Council earlier passed a Resolution stopping quarry operations in the city “pending assurance and study that these do not endanger the lives and properties of the people and have no adverse affect on the environment”.
“If corruption can not be stopped perhaps unlawful issues relating to the environment could rally the people to do something because these do not concern them only, but by the generations to come.”, also said the whistle blower.
Other published reports says, the “Tarlac quarry scam involves more than a hundred million pesos yearly anomaly involving high ranking local government officials.”
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#7 Apr 7, 2011
Gov Yap may be liable of admin, criminal cases – De Leon

By NELSON BOLOS & GEORGE HUBIERNA

Tarlac City -- Quarry scam expose may jail the governor?
With the revealing information from the much publicized Tarlac quarry scam, a city councilor assessed that Governor Victor Yap “may be liable of Criminal and administrative cases which may land him in jail”.
For one, the Environmental Management Bureau recently issued Notices of Violations to all the quarry operators in the town of Gerona stating that the quarry operators have violated Presidential Decree 1586 as having been found to be operating without Environmental Compliance Certificates.
As this developed, a confidential source from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources revealed that all the 37 quarry permittees in the province are operating without ECCs.
“PD 1586 is an established law that mandates all environmentally critical projects are subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) System. The governor’s issuance of quarry permits and his allowing these quarry permittees to operate without ECCs may make him liable of grave abuse of discretion”, says De Leon.
Under the Local Government Code, the power to issue quarry permits and administer their operations is vested with the governor.
The series of articles written on the quarry issue also made public “allege cheating by the provincial government” in the amount of quarry tax share remitted to the municipalities hosting quarry operations.
In an earlier news, the municipal treasurer of Concepcion was recently surprised to find out that the Capitol could have shortchanged their town by more than P125,000 on the 2010 quarry tax share they received.
The latest Provincial Treasury Report “40% Barangay Share Per Municipality” indicates that the barangays of Concepcion hosting quarry operation porpotedly received P1,198,272 in 2010, as against the town’s 30% share of only P773, 228.50 which implies an “under-remittance” of P125,475.50.“Our town’s share should have been P898,704”, the municipal treasurer was quoted as saying.
In a related development, this City’s Treasury office disclosed that the Capitol belatedly released their 30% quarry tax share for “January 2008 to June 2010 amounting to P684,128”.
“Though money matters is an LGU treasury office’s exclusive responsibility, the chief executive, in this case the governor, can not escape culpability specially when the doubtful acts of the treasury office concerned are so gross and which were, apparently, committed repeatedly. What happened in Concepcion and Tarlac City could be a case of technical malversation”, said De Leon.
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#8 Apr 7, 2011
Continuation of

Gov Yap maybe liable of adsmin, criminal cases - De Leon

Reports have it that the Provincial Treasury also allows a uniform P60 per truck load in quarry tax charged by quarry permittees based on the 1992 Provincial Tax Code of P5 per cubic meter despite the fact that present day ten wheeler trucks hauling sand, soil and rock aggregates have dump-box volume of 16 cubic meters or more.
A confidential source quoted in a news item allegedly says.“If one will be allowed to look at the used duplicates of Capitol Delivery Receipts kept in the PTO, all will show a P60 quarry tax per truckload listed by all quarry permitees.”
“This is known to all including the governor and this maybe another possible case of technical malversation”, all says De Leon.
De Leon also disclosed that in 2005, a Provincial Tax Ordinance was approved by the SP which was signed by all 13 SP members, including Vice Gov Marcelino Aganon. However, the said Ordinance was not signed by the then Gov. Jose Yap, neither was it vetoed by the governor, but was simply “held in abeyance”.
The said Ordinance amended the 1992 Provincial Code which imposes a quarry tax of P5 per cubic meter, or P60 per 12-cubic-meter truckload, to P150 Provincial Quarry Fee plus P150 administrative fee, or a total of P300 per truckload. Yap’s administration still imposes P60 per truck load.
A local lawyer who requested not to be identified says,“an approved Ordinance by the SP is deemed enacted if the governor did not exercise his veto power. This means the ordinance should have been in effect since its approval by the SP.”
Also in an earlier news, De Leon was quoted as saying,“As the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) was then being constructed, the provincial quarry tax then should have increased by 5 times if my proposed (2005) Ordinance was approved and implemented. However, the province’s quarry tax collection in 2005 to 5007 was only around P2-P3 Million”
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#9 May 6, 2011
Yap in hot water?
Gov Yap may be liable of admin, criminal cases – De Leon
By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna
(Reprinted from Tarlac Review)
Tarlac City -- Quarry scam expose may jail the governor?
With the revealing information from the much publicized Tarlac quarry scam, a city councilor assessed that Governor Victor Yap “may be liable of Criminal and administrative cases which may land him in jail”.
For one, the Environmental Management Bureau recently issued Notices of Violations to all the quarry operators in the town of Gerona stating that the quarry operators have violated Presidential Decree 1586 as having been found to be operating without Environmental Compliance Certificates.
As this developed, a confidential source from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources revealed that all the 37 quarry permittees in the province are operating without ECCs.
“PD 1586 is an established law that mandates all environmentally critical projects are subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) System. The governor’s issuance of quarry permits and his allowing these quarry permittees to operate without ECCs may make him liable of grave abuse of discretion”, says De Leon.
Under the Local Government Code, the power to issue quarry permits and administer their operations is vested with the governor.
The series of articles written on the quarry issue also made public “allege cheating by the provincial government” in the amount of quarry tax share remitted to the municipalities hosting quarry operations.
In an earlier news, the municipal treasurer of Concepcion was recently surprised to find out that the Capitol could have shortchanged their town by more than P125,000 on the 2010 quarry tax share they received.
The latest Provincial Treasury Report “40% Barangay Share Per Municipality” indicates that the barangays of Concepcion hosting quarry operation porpotedly received P1,198,272 in 2010, as against the town’s 30% share of only P773, 228.50 which implies an “under-remittance” of P125,475.50.“Our town’s share should have been P898,704”, the municipal treasurer was quoted as saying.
In a related development, this City’s Treasury office disclosed that the Capitol belatedly released their 30% quarry tax share for “January 2008 to June 2010 amounting to P684,128”.
“Though money matters is an LGU treasury office’s exclusive responsibility, the chief executive, in this case the governor, can not escape culpability specially when the doubtful acts of the treasury office concerned are so gross and which were, apparently, committed repeatedly. What happened in Concepcion and Tarlac City could be a case of technical malversation”, said De Leon.(To be continued)
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#10 May 6, 2011
Gov Yap may be liable of admin, criminal cases – De Leon

By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna (Reprinted from Tarlac Review)

(Continuation)

Reports have it that the Provincial Treasury also allows a uniform P60 per truck load in quarry tax charged by quarry permittees based on the 1992 Provincial Tax Code of P5 per cubic meter despite the fact that present day ten wheeler trucks hauling sand, soil and rock aggregates have dump-box volume of 16 cubic meters or more.
A confidential source quoted in a news item allegedly says.“If one will be allowed to look at the used duplicates of Capitol Delivery Receipts kept in the PTO, all will show a P60 quarry tax per truckload listed by all quarry permitees.”
“This is known to all including the governor and this maybe another possible case of technical malversation”, all says De Leon.
De Leon also disclosed that in 2005, a Provincial Tax Ordinance was approved by the SP which was signed by all 13 SP members, including Vice Gov Marcelino Aganon. However, the said Ordinance was not signed by the then Gov. Jose Yap, neither was it vetoed by the governor, but was simply “held in abeyance”.
The said Ordinance amended the 1992 Provincial Code which imposes a quarry tax of P5 per cubic meter, or P60 per 12-cubic-meter truckload, to P150 Provincial Quarry Fee plus P150 administrative fee, or a total of P300 per truckload. Yap’s administration still imposes P60 per truck load.
A local lawyer who requested not to be identified says,“an approved Ordinance by the SP is deemed enacted if the governor did not exercise his veto power. This means the ordinance should have been in effect since its approval by the SP.”
Also in an earlier news, De Leon was quoted as saying,“As the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) was then being constructed, the provincial quarry tax then should have increased by 5 times if my proposed (2005) Ordinance was approved and implemented. However, the province’s quarry tax collection in 2005 to 5007 was only around P2-P3 Million”
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#11 May 6, 2011
Quarry scam is true - Cong. Lapus

By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna

(Reprinted from Tarlac Review)

Concepcion, Tarlac -- Are the quarry scam whistle blowers finally found a formidable ally?

During the birthday celebration of 3rd District Congressman Jeci “Bong” Lapus media men were surprised to hear him say:“Totoo ang quarry scam. Kaya dapat malaman ng mga tao ang katotohanan.”

Lapus was referring to the series of articles published in the local and national papers and Online news outlets detailing the reported quarry scam which includes, among others,“more than a P100 Million-a-year quarry tax collection racket”,“misdeclared quarry tax collection”,“illegal quarry operations in Tarlac since all have no ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate),“imposition of more than P1,200 per truckload as extra quarry fee on all quarry materials delivered to the ongoing TPLEX”,“doubtful yearly quarry tax collection amounting to P2-3 Million per year compared to Pampanga’s P500 Million collection in 2009”, and “shortchanging of municipalities’ quarry tax share”.

“Definitely, there is misdeclaration of the annual quarry tax collection”, also said Lapus.

Reports have it that the Capitol Treasury Office “failed to register the true quarry tax collection during the 2005 to 2007 construction of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway which required more than 40 Million cubic materials”.

Provincial Treasury records shows 5-year quarry tax collections form 2005 to 2009 was only P2-3 Million.

Lapus also disgusted on the now ongoing SCTEX as he said,“George Consunji, Jr., called me to complain of their not being allowed to supply (quarry materials to the SCTEX)”.

Consunji represents the DMCI which has a 32% stake of the Philippines Infrastructure Development Corporation. PDIC owns and manages the P19 Billion SCTEX under a special investment agreement with the government.

However, under the Local Government Code (LGC), the governor is vested with the exclusive right to grant and administer quarry operation permits.

“If only there is a complaint with the (Congressional) Committee on Good Government, we will investigate the (Tarlac quarry) scam and even call the governor (to explain)”, also said Lapus who is now serving his last term as 3rd District Representative.

Published articles say quarry materials suppliers to the SCTEX are required to “get the go-signal of the provincial government before they are allowed to deliver or before they are given Purchase Orders of quarry materials.”

In an earlier news, former three-termer Board member now Tarlac City Councilor Amado De Leon was quoted to have said,“Governor (Victor) Yap may be liable of administrative and criminal cases” in reference to, among others, reports of “non-remittance and under remittance of municipal quarry tax share in Tarlac City”.

Under the LGC, from the quarry tax collections, the barangays gets 40%, the municipality and the province receives 30% each.

De Leon was also quoted as saying,“Capitol deprives Tarlac millions in quarry tax” and also recently disclosed that “during the construction of the SCTEX (2005-2007), the Province should have collected atleast P120 Million in quarry tax”.

Last March 11, the Environmental Management Bureau of the DENR Region III Office served a Notice of Violation with cease-operation-order to all the 4 quarry permittees in Gerona, Tarlac.

The EMB order states,“you have been found operating a quarry without securing an ECC in violation of PD 1586”.

However, consequent reports say the Gerona quarry permittees disregarded the EMB order and continued their quarry operations.

“The news on the quarry scam should not stop because the people have the right to know the truth”, Lapus pointed out.
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#12 May 6, 2011
Quarry scam in Tarlac Provincial Treasury docs?

By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna

(Reprinted form Tarlac Review)

Tarlac City -- Is the Tarlac Provincial Treasury showing proofs of quarry scam?
Just as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan presided by Vice Governor Pearl Pacada scrapped an announced investigation on the reported “quarry scam”, the Provincial Treasury Office issued a report apparently “proving quarry anomalies”.

“Finally, there is an incontrovertible proof of the existence of quarry scam”, says the whistle blower who got hold of a copy of a Provincial Treasury report from the quarry taxes collected in 2010.

The “40% Barangay Share Per Municipality” PTO report signed by Provincial Treasurer Victoria Salvador and Lourdes Baquing, PTO Administrative Assistant II is a detailed listing of the respective monthly (40%) share of the barangays were quarry operations are located covering the period January to December 2010. All the barangays hosting quarry operations received the total amount of P3.8Million.

The Local Government Code mandates that from the quarry tax collected, the Barangay where the quarry is located receives 40%, the municipality 30% and the province 30%. The existing Provincial Tax Code of Tarlac imposes P5 per cubic meter of quarry material, or P60 per 12-cubic-meter truckload.

The report shows, among others, that for the month of December 2010, there is no sand quarry tax in Barangay Tagumbao and Ayson in the town of Gerona and also for the whole of 2010, no quarry tax was registered at Sta. Cruz, Tarlac City.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources office identified the Gerona sand quarry permittess as Eduardo Matias at Barangay Ayson and Benjamin Bala and Edalia Nuguid at Barangay Tagumbao and Adrien Escalona at Barangay Sta. Cruz, Tarlac City, whose quarry operations supply almost all the “hundreds of thousands cubic meters” sand requirement of the on-going Gerona portion of the elevated Tarlac- Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

Only the “earth quarry”(mountain soil) at Barangay Sulipa, Gerona, registered an P18,000 40% Barangay quarry tax share and not a single centavo in Barangay quarry tax share on the sand quarry operations at Barangays Tagumbao and Ayson.

“How could this be possible (no sand quarry tax collection in December) when almost everyone in Gerona saw an estimated more than a hundred trucks delivering up to 8 truckloads of sand daily to the TPLEX in December? This is a factual proof of the Gerona quarry scam no less”, also says the whistle blower whose in depth research on the reported quarry scam apparently “rocked” the Tarlac Capitol and the municipal hall of Gerona.

“The Monaco B. Eclar earth quarry at Barangay Sulipa could also be another serious scam since only P18,000 in Barangay quarry tax share was registered (in December) which means only around 750 truckloads were quarried and delivered to TPLEX on the same month.

This maybe contrary to reports, if true, that the MB Eclar quarry delivered more than 100 truckloads per day of earth materials to TPLEX in December”, also says the whistle blower.
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#13 May 6, 2011
Continuation of

Quarry scam in Tarlac Provincial Treasury docs?

By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna
(Reprinted form Tarlac Review)

According to the PENRO, 37 quarry permittees are operating in the province’s 11 towns including Monaco B. Eclar who is the only “earth quarry permittee” in Gerona.

“If reports are true that atleast 12,000 truck loads of sand and earth were delivered last December to TPLEX, then the government may have been cheated by more than P1 million in quarry tax in a single month and in Gerona alone. Or is it the government who cheated the people of Tarlac?”, also commented the whistle blower.

The whistle blower also has more than 50 pieces of used Capitol Delivery Receipts all containing similar volume of 12 cubic meters of sand or soil per truckload by all the trucks which delivered quarry to TPLEX.

The PTO issues official DRs to quarry operators who in turn issue the same to quarry haulers who indicates the actual volume of quarried materials loaded into quarry trucks.

“If one will be given a chance to see all the duplicate DRs kept at the PTO, all will show a common volume of 12 cubic meters or below, which is not the true amount of quarry materials loaded on quarry trucks. In fact if one measures the actual size capacity of the dump boxes of the trucks used in the TPLEX , most of them will have more than 18 cubic meters in volume capacity”, also says the whistle blower who himself used to run a sand and gravel delivery business.

“This means that the quarry suppliers to TPLEX understates the actual quantity of their deliveries by at least 6 cubic meters per truck load, and this also means that they cheat the government by more than 30% in quarry taxes per truckload”, added the whistle blower.

An informant who refused to be identified says,“Si Monaco Eclar na may-ari ng (earth) quarry sa (Barangay) Sulipa ay binatilyong anak ni (Gerona) Municipal Administrator Eloy Eclar. Pero ang totoong nagpapalakad ng quarry ay si Mr.(Eloy) Eclar mismo. Sa alam ko hindi lang 100,000 (cubic neters) P.O. and na-serve ni Eclar noong December sa TPLEX”

Pacada nor any member of the SP refused to issue any statement on the reported quarry scam who apparently made it as a policy among themselves not to comment on the issue related to the P19 Billion TPLEX project “to avoid any feud or misunderstanding with the Governor”.

Sought for comment on the capitol officials’ willy-nilly attitude on the reported quarry scam, a Dean of a private college here said,“They may have established connections with those who give payoffs. Another slice of anomaly from whom we entrusted governance of the province?”

“It appears the reports (of quarry scam) have basis and, thus, must be investigated” also said the source who declined to be identified in the meantime.

But the same source who is a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Education and a former Vice President of the Tarlac State University promised “to go public and stand firmly for a righteous governance if the SP starts a formal investigation of the quarry scam”.

In related developments, a top municipal official of Concepcion town was shocked to find out that their town was apparently “shortchanged” by the Capitol Treasury office.

“If the total 40% share in quarry tax of our barangays is P1,198,272, then we should have received P898,704 as our 30% share. But Capitol remitted only P773,228.50 to us.” said Grace Banag Concepcion Municipal Treasurer .

“This must be looked into, otherwise the people of Concepcion will suspect we committed malversation of funds” also said Banag..
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#14 May 6, 2011
Gerona quarry operators defy
DENR-EMB stop order

By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna

(Reprinted from Tarlac Review and Tarlac Reporter)

Gerona, Tarlac -- The Environmental Management Bureau inutile?

Despite recently served with Notices of Violation by the EMB, the 4 quarry operators in this town continued their quarry operations since Friday (March 11) to this writing (March 19).

A local resident who refused to be named said,“Quarry operations (in this town) and the delivery of quarry materials to the TPLEX did not stop. For the past week since the EMB served the NOVs. It is business as usual for them.”

The NOV served to quarry permittees Monaco B Eclar, Edalia Nuguid, Benjamin Bala and Eduardo Matias states,“you are hereby ordered to cease quarry operation”.

The EMB notice also says,“Inspection conducted by our technical staff showed you have been operating a quarry without first securing an Environmental Compliance Certificate from this office in violation of Section 4 of Presidential Decree 1586”.

Eloy Eclar, father of Monaco and this town’s municipal administrator refused to issue any statement when sought for comment,

Eclar was, however, quoted earlier in a published news when asked about MB Eclar’s ECC as having sent SMS saying “Tanong mo sa Kapitolyo, kasi sila ang nag-i-issue mga permit. Alam ko kumpleto mga iyan (ECC) bago ilabas”.

The EMB Region III order signed by Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio is an offshoot of EMB National Director Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna’s earlier Memorandum to investigate “allege illegal quarries”.

When informed of the continuous operation of Gerona quarry permittees despite serving of NOVs, Claudio said in an SMS,“If you or your informer are in the area, please have the alleged ongoing operations documented. Penalty shall be imposed on them.”

Former Municipal Councilor Bastian Ines who resides at Barangay sulipa, said in a SMS,“Hindi naman huminto mga dump truck, dumami pa mga truck”.

Ines was referring to the quarry operation of Eclar at their barangay.

The same local resident also commented,“This (continuous operation of quarries) is a flagrant violation of the law. They have been found operating without ECC, thus, they were ordered to stop quarrying. Yet they don’t even heed a DENR director’s order. This is lawlessness in this town.”

“If we can not implement the law, neither can we compel violators to stop doing unlawful acts, then we better scrap the laws and banish the office tasked to implement them”, also said the source who is holder of a Doctorate Degree and a Dean of local college here.

According to the Local Government Code, the power to grant quarry permits and administer quarry operation is vested on the governor.

Gerona recently made news when reports of multi-million peso allege quarry scam involving local government officials were published.

“Definitely the defiance to the order of the EMB by these quarry operators is known to ranking local officials. They will not be bold enough to continue quarrying if there is no consent from high government official.”, also said the source.
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#15 May 6, 2011
RIGHT ON Column
Please wake up
By Nelson Bolos
(Reprinted from Tarlac Review, Central Luzon Journal, Tarlac Reporter)
Since January 7, when the first article on the quarry stories saw print in the Peoples Journal and Peoples Tonight, I have written (jointly with George Hubierna) more than 50 news articles on the issue and 16 commentaries. My write ups saw print in local, national and Online news outlets.
And the results? My house has been stalked for nights by conspicuous persons riding in motorbikes and cars without plate numbers. For a number of times I have been followed on my frequent travels between Tarlac City and Gerona.
Men of shady character, and even politicians, have sought my person and my whereabouts.
A shotgun was even fired at my house.
(If not for the “support and precautions” extended by Col. Arnel Ramos, I and George could have been, by now, news articles ourselves. Col. Ramos made us feel safe in the hometown of The P-noy )
Indeed, investigative journalism poses risks for mediamen who commit themselves to expose the malpractices of the shenanigans and the blatant corruption by some.
On the other hand, one finds comfort and priceless satisfaction when people with stature like Cong. Jeci Lapus now say:“Ang Quarry scam totoo. Dapat malaman ng mga tao ang katotohanan”.
It is, however, very saddening that other journalists, though having been enlighten by what were published, still refuse to take part in the crusade to eliminate corruption in the state of quarry operations in the province and to benefit from a “P100 Million per year in lost income”
But it is more saddening that ordinary people and even “prominent” leaders refuse to act.
For the benefit of others, among the reported issues on the so-called quarry scam are:
1.“Capitol deprives Tarlac of millions in quarry tax (yearly)”
2.“Capitol defrauds Tarlac City of quarry Tax share” owing from the non-remittance of the city’s quarry tax share in 2005 and 2007, and the remittance of only P21,600 in 2006, among others. Also the City’s quarry Tax share for January to 2008 to June 2010 was very belatedly remitted only November 2010. Up to now NO quarry tax share is remitted for July to December 2010 to the City.
3.Also in Tarlac City, the Provincial Treasury report states that NO barangay quarry tax was registered in Barangay Sta. Cruz despite the existence of a “very busy quarry operation”
4.“Concepcion cheated of quarry tax share by more than P125,000 in 2010”
5.“All quarry operations in the province ARE ILLEGAL since all have no ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificates”
6.City Councilor Amado De Leon:“During the construction of the SCTEX (2005-2007), the Province should have collected atleast P120 (P240?) Million in quarry tax from the Japanese Contractor, but the declared quarry tax collection in 2005-2009 is only P2-3 Million per year”
7.In Gerona, what was paid in 40% Barangay quarry tax share in December 2010 is only P18,000 or translates to only 750 truckloads of soil quarry materials despite reports of more than 500 truckloads PER DAY of quarry delivery to the ongoing TPLEX. Also NO sand quarry tax was paid in December!(Provincial Treasury report “40% Barangay Share per Municipality 2010”)
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#16 May 6, 2011
Continuation of

RIGHT ON Column
Please wake up
By Nelson Bolos
(Reprinted from Tarlac Review, Central Luzon Journal, Tarlac Reporter)

8.In Paniqui, quarrying of the hills of Barangay Balaoang is observed since November 2010, but NO quarry permittee is on record. The town’s 2010 quarry tax share is only P38,000 ( roughly only 2,100 truckloads were quarried in the whole year or only 4 truckloads per day average quarrying) despite reports of hundreds of truckloads daily of quarry materials delivery to the ongoing Ramos-Paniqui TPLEX portion.

9.Reports also say,“Every day all quarry permittees cheat the people by paying only for 12 cubic meters in quarry tax (or P60/truckload) despite the fact that almost all 10-wheeler trucks these days have carrying capacity of more than 16 cubic meters.(Some can load more than 24 cu. meters.) And in the TPLEX project, all trucks are required to deliver not less than 18 cubic meters but all pays only for 12 cu. Meters.”

10.“Gov Yap may be liable of administrative and criminal cases – De Leon”(Tarlac Review March 19-25)

11.Last march 11,“DENR-Environmental Management Bureau Region III office issued Notices of Violation, with cease-operation-order, to all the 4 quarry operators in Gerona, but all disregarded the EMB order and all continued their operation as if no stop order was issued.”

12.From all these, the “Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Govenor Pearl Pacada issued an official statement saying there is no quarry scam”

Honestly, this page may not be enough to list down the documented issues published on the quarry scam.(For reference search Online Google for “Tarlac quarry”.)

And almost everyday more and more revealing information are reported to us specially those related to the TPLEX construction (e.g. Is it true that a certain Pinay from Paniqui who is married to a British “controls” the release of quarry Purchase Orders for TPLEX?)

Our role as media is simply to write the truth so the people may know what’s really happening. It is not our role to file complaint against those exposed as corrupt and abusers of power.

It is the people themselves who must act for they stand to benefit on the corrective measures due and from the elimination of corruption.

But during the recent birthday bash of Cong. Lapus, he requested us (mediamen “quarry scam whistle blowers”) to file a complaint before the Congress’ Committee on Good Government. We are mulling on it, is this ethically correct?

We appeal to everyone, spare us the agony of becoming “unethical journalist”.

Please wake up and act against the brazen corruption in our midst.
Anonymous

Tarlac, Philippines

#18 May 6, 2011
tax in a single month and in Gerona alone. Or is it the government who cheated the people of Tarlac?”, also commented the whistle blower.
The whistle blower also has more than 50 pieces of used Capitol Delivery Receipts all containing similar volume of 12 cubic meters of sand or soil per truckload by all the trucks which delivered quarry to TPLEX.
The PTO issues official DRs to quarry operators who in turn issue the same to quarry haulers who indicates the actual volume of quarried materials loaded into quarry trucks.
“If one will be given a chance to see all the duplicate DRs kept at the PTO, all will show a common volume of 12 cubic meters or below, which is not the true amount of quarry materials loaded on quarry trucks. In fact if one measures the actual size capacity of the dump boxes of the trucks used in the TPLEX , most of them will have more than 18 cubic meters in volume capacity”, also says the whistle blower who himself used to run a sand and gravel delivery business.
“This means that the quarry suppliers to TPLEX understates the actual quantity of their deliveries by at least 6 cubic meters per truck load, and this also means that they cheat the government by more than 30% in quarry taxes per truckload”, added the whistle blower.
An informant who refused to be identified says,“Si Monaco Eclar na may-ari ng (earth) quarry sa (Barangay) Sulipa ay binatilyong anak ni (Gerona) Municipal Administrator Eloy Eclar. Pero ang totoong nagpapalakad ng quarry ay si Mr.(Eloy) Eclar mismo. Sa alam ko hindi lang 100,000 (cubic neters) P.O. and na-serve ni Eclar noong December sa TPLEX”
Pacada nor any member of the SP refused to issue any statement on the reported quarry scam who apparently made it as a policy among themselves not to comment on the issue related to the P19 Billion TPLEX project “to avoid any feud or misunderstanding with the Governor”.
Sought for comment on the capitol officials’ willy-nilly attitude on the reported quarry scam, a Dean of a private college here said,“They may have established connections with those who give payoffs. Another slice of anomaly from whom we entrusted governance of the province?”
“It appears the reports (of quarry scam) have basis and, thus, must be investigated” also said the source who declined to be identified in the meantime.
But the same source who is a holder of a Doctorate Degree in Education and a former Vice President of the Tarlac State University promised “to go public and stand firmly for a righteous governance if the SP starts a formal investigation of the quarry scam”.
In related developments, a top municipal official of Concepcion town was shocked to find out that their town was apparently “shortchanged” by the Capitol Treasury office.
“If the total 40% share in quarry tax of our barangays is P1,198,272, then we should have received P898,704 as our 30% share. But Capitol remitted only P773,228.50 to us.” said Grace Banag Concepcion Municipal Treasurer .
“This must be looked into, otherwise the people of Concepcion will suspect we committed malversation of funds” also said Banag..
nelson bolos

Tarlac, Philippines

#19 May 6, 2011
Capitol defrauds P-Noy’s home city
of quarry tax share?
By Nelson Bolos and George Hubierna
(Reprinted from Tarlac Review and Tarlac Reporter)
Tarlac City -- From the looks, there is no stopping quarry scam expose.
The Office of the City Accountant recently disclosed that the Provincial Treasury office could have defrauded this city of its “lawful share of quarry tax share”.
The document certified by the City Accountant Office shows that the Capitol’s Treasurer did not remit any quarry tax share to this city for Fiscal years 2005 and 2007 and remitted a “measly” P21,600 for fiscal year 2006.
Under the Local Government Code, the City or municipality hosting quarry operations gets 30% of the total quarry tax collection, the Provincial government 30% and the barangay 40%.
According to the records of the Provincial Environmental Office, the city has 13 quarry operators, 8 of them operating sand quarries, 3 are mix sand and gravel permittees and 2 “earth (soil) quarries”.
City Accountant Nathaniel Lugtu refused to issue any statement on the revealing quarry tax record which also shows a tax remittance by the Capitol of only P84,961.50 for the 1 ½ years covering January 2003 to June 2004.
In earlier news, this city’s Treasury office also disclosed that the Capitol remitted only P684,128 in quarry tax remittance for the 2 ½ years period from January 2008 to June 2010.
As of this writing, the Capitol is yet to remit the city’s quarry tax share for July to December 2010.
In a separate interview, former three-termer Board Member now City Councilor Amado De Leon says,“This maybe a blatant defrauding of the city’s lawful tax share from the Capitol.”
“Assuming the 13 quarry operators are producing a minimum of 50 truckloads per day each, this means the yearly quarry production of the city is around 237,250 truckloads of quarry materials. And at P60 per truck in quarry tax Tarlac (City) should be receiving P4.3 Million per year in quarry tax share”, also says De Leon.
“It is impossible that there was no quarry operation in 2005 and 2007. It must be remembered that it was in those years that the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway was constructed which purchased millions of cubic meters in quarry materials”, also says De Leon.
Also in earlier news, De Leon was also quoted as saying “Governor (Victor) Yap maybe liable of administrative and criminal cases” owing from the “questionable Provincial quarry tax collection, delayed and non remittance of the local government tax share and the granting of quarry permits by the governor without Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECC)”, among others.
The Environmental Management Bureau of the DENR recently issued Notices of Violation, with order to stop operation, to all the 4 quarry permittees of Gerona for operating without ECCs.
The quarry operators of Gerona are Edalia Nuguid, Benjamin Bala, Eduardo Matias and Monaco Eclar. The first 3 operate sand quarry while Eclar, who is the son of Gerona’s Municipal Administrator, is the sole soil quarry operator. The 4 quarry permittees reportedly deliver hundreds of truckloads of quarry materials daily to the ongoing Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
De Leon also revealed that “during the construction of the SCTEX, one of the Project engineers told me the expressway is to use around 40 Million cubic meters of quarry materials which means more than P120 Million in quarry tax, however, the Provincial Tax collection during those years, and up to now is only P2-3 Million per year”.
“With no quarry tax remittance in 2005 and 2007 and only P21,600 in 2006, definitely the Capitol may have defrauded the City of millions. And with the now construction of the TPLEX, Tarlac City should have millions in quarry tax share”, added De Leon.
nelson bolos

Tarlac, Philippines

#20 May 6, 2011
Quarry tax increase lambasted;
Tarlac SP boosts quarry scam?

By Nelson Bolos & George Hubierna
(Reprinted from Tatlac Review)

Tarlac city -- Is the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Pearl Erguiza Pacada out to boost the quarry scam?

This assessment came out as the SP “approved the proposed Ordinance increasing the quarry tax without lifting a finger on the reported issues of quarry scam”.

In a chance interview, Board Member Henry Cruz said “the SP committee approved the increase of quarry tax from P60 to P80, plus P50 administrative fee, per truckload.”

Cruz also said,“Safety nets are not included in the (proposed) ordinance since it is only an ordinance to amend the old quarry tax code.”

At present, the province imposes a quarry tax of P5 per cubic meter, or P60 per truckload, based on the 1992 Provincial Tax Ordinance enacted during the incumbency of former Governor Margarita Cojuangco.

Sought for comment, former three-term-boardmember, now city councilor, Amado De Leon said,“That (increase in quarry tax) is a joke since nothing was done on the reported quarry scam which involves, among others, hundreds of millions of unaccounted quarry tax collections. Also, since no investigation was conducted, there are no safety nets, nor any assurance that the reported scam will be stopped.”

De Leon was earlier quoted as saying,“during the construction of the SCTEX the Provincial Treasury should have collected more than P240 Million in quarry tax but what was declared during those years (2005 to 2008) was only P2-3 Million per year quarry tax collection which should not be repeated with the now construction of the TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangsinan-La Union Expressway).”

“Increasing the quarry tax is not the answer. It may only increase the amount involved in the suspected corruption” also said De Leon.

The much publicized quarry scam stories printed in national and local papers including online news agencies includes, among others,“Provincial Treasury shows quarry scam”,“De Leon: Capitol deprives Tarlac millions in quarry tax”,“Cojuangco’s hometown not spared of quarry scam?”,“DENR-EMB stops illegal quarries in Gerona”,“Tarlac City council stops quarry operations”,“TPLEX construction opens Pandora’s box”,“Tarlac quarrying Pandora’s box”,“Illegal quarries hit”,“EMB Director orders probe of Tarlac’s illegal quarries”,“Tarlac SP starts ‘silent’ ordinance deliberation sans investigation on quarry scam”,“VG Pacada:‘No quarry scam’; call for investigation snowballs”,“Cervantez aborts quarry scam probe; Yap-Pacada feud fizzles”,“Gov Yap may be liable of admin, criminal cases-De Leon”and “Quarry scam is true-Cong Lapuz”.

The quarry scam stories allege,“more than a P100 Million-a-year unaccounted tax collection”,“misdeclared quarry tax collection”,“all quarry operations in Tarlac are illegal since all have no ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate),“imposition of more than P1,200 per truckload as extra quarry fee on all quarry materials delivered to the ongoing TPLEX”,“doubtful yearly quarry tax collection amounting to P2-3 Million per year compared to Pampanga’s P500 Million collection in 2009”,“the budget of the Provincial Tax Force on Quarry is more than what is collected in annual quarry tax”,“monopoly control in the supply of quarry materials to the ongoing TPLEX”, among others.

In an earlier news, the municipal treasurer of Concepcion was surprised to find out that the Capitol could have shortchanged their town by more than P125,000 on the 2010 quarry tax share they received.
The latest Provincial Treasury Report entitled “40% Barangay Share Per Municipality” indicates that the barangays of Concepcion hosting quarry operation porpotedly received P1,198,272 in 2010, as against the town’s 30% share of only P773, 228.50 which implies an “under-remittance” of P125,475.50.“Our town’s share should have been P898,704”, the Concepcion treasurer was quoted as saying.
nelson bolos

Tarlac, Philippines

#21 May 6, 2011
(Column reprited from Tarlac Review and Tarlac Reporter)

Silence means admission
By Nelson Bolos

Last March 12, the following article was posted, presumably by the Tarlac Capitol, on the Peoples Journal Online:

“SP speaks on ‘quarry scam’
For its part, the office of the governor made it clear that it never issued any statement regarding the matter due to the fact that it has nothing to do with the allegations raised, and the statement of the SP-Tarlac is deemed enough to put an end on the issue.

The study on the (SP’s) proposed revision or amendment to the existing provincial ordinance has been thoroughly discussed with the governor and has never been a source of any feud or misunderstanding with the governor.”
(Source: Search “Tarlac quarry scam” on Google online)

So, the capitol people say there’s no quarry scam? Consider the following issues:

The Provincial Treasury Report,“40% Barangay Share per Municipality” says, in 2010, the total share of the Barangays of Concepcion hosting quarry operations is P1,198,272. But for the same year, the Municipal Treasury of Concepcion received only P773,228.50. If the 30% share of the Local Government Code is adhered, Concepcion should have received P898,704. Where has the P125,475.50 went?

The declared “quarry income” on the PTO report is doubtful since the stated 40% share of the barangays translates to an average of only 137 truckloads of quarry per day.

Reports say, at least 500 truckloads of sand per day is quarried in Concepcion.(Some say it is more than 1,000 trucks per day). If verified, the town of Ninoy should be receiving atleast P3.28 Million per year as quarry tax share

In Tarlac City, On November 19, 2010, the Capitol very belatedly remitted the city’s quarry tax share covering the 2 ½ years period (January 2008 to June 2010) amounting to P684,128. Is there a DOF guideline mandating the remittance of payables due within 10 days upon receipt of transmitted collection?

Why is the quarry share for July to December 2010 not yet remitted to the City?(Is somebody covering for election expenses in 2007 and 2010?)

The P684,128 means an average of only 41 truck loads of quarry per day for all the quarry sites in the city within the 2 ½ years period. As of this writing, there are 13 quarry permittees in Tarlac City. Will theses quarry permittees not give up their quarrying if they only do an average of 3 truckloads per day each? But as they say, all of these 13 permittees produce more than 500 truckloads per day.(It must be remembered that SM Tarlac and a number of big subdivisions where constructed in 2008 and 2009.)

Also in Tarlac City, Capitol has no quarry tax share remittance in 2005 and 2007 and only remitted P21,600 for 2006. Is it possible that there were no quarry operations within the said 2 years? And only around 3 truckloads per day of sand, soil,“banday-banda”, boulders, red clay, etc. were hauled in 2006? Take note, there are 13 quarry permittees in the City.
nelson bolos

Tarlac, Philippines

#22 May 6, 2011
Continuation of
(Column reprinted from Tarlac Revierw and Tarlac Reporter)
Silence means admission
By Nelson Bolos
In Gerona, the PTO report says the 4 quarry permitees operated only in 6 months for the whole of 2010 and that NO sand was quarried last December. The PTO record shows that in December, only MB Eclar soil quarry paid P18,000 in 40% Barangay share.
(This also means Eclar hauled only 750 truck loads of earth to TPLEX in Dec).
Ask the TPLEX Consortium (Wenceslao, DMCI, etc), their record will probably show more than 20,000 truckloads (roughly 400,000 cubic meters) of soil and sand delivered by Eclar in November to December last year.
In Paniqui, the PTO report says only P38,000 was their 40% Barangay share, or an average of 4 truckloads per day of sand quarry in 2010. And it also says, there is only sand quarrying at Rang-ayan riverbed.
Then whose quarrying (ravaging, is a better word) the hills of Barangay Balaoang? Where are the truckloads of sand delivered at the Ramos-Paniqui portion of the TPLEX coming from?
For the information of the public (specially the SP), from the Delivery Receipts issued to permittees, the PTO charges a uniform quarry tax of P60 per truckload (using the 1992 Tax Code of P5 per cubic meter) even if almost all quarry haulers now use ten-wheeler trucks with dump box size of 16 cubic meters.( Many can even load up to 24 cubic meters.)
Is this not knowingly cheating the government?(Example is a published MB Eclar Capitol DR with P60 quarry tax and with a volume of 12 cubic meters used by a certain (ECE) dump truck. But when delivered at the TPLEX, the same truck’s volume of quarry load was measured 18.48 cubic meters as per MB Eclar’s own receipt.)
Definitely, if the TPLEX’s consortium records are to be checked, MB Eclar’s, so with the other haulers’, actual delivery at the TPLEX site will be much much bigger than what was paid in quarry tax by these permittees or haulers to the provincial government.

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