August 8, 2022

QUEZON — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a cease-and-desist order against an alleged illegal quarrying operation at Purok Pagkakaisa, Barangay Gulang-gulang in Lucena City.

MGB Regional Director Dondi Sarmiento ordered Marc Benedict Lee to stop conducting the illegal activity and was required to restore and rehabilitate the quarried area within 30 days from date of receipt of order June 26, 2022.

Sarmiento made the order based on the findings from an investigation which disclosed that Lee conducted clearing and earthmoving operations including haulage of rocks and earth/backfilling materials along a portion of Dumacaa river, wherein prominent traces of the said activities and stockpiles of stones and other earth materials removed from the riverbanks can be seen.

The quarrying operation too has no proper authority or permission from the Provincial Government of Quezon, the DENR, and the MGB office.

Further, a canal-like excavation approximately 15-20 meters long and 1-1.5 meters wide, constructed for the purpose of diverting the current flow of rivers was also observed, according to the findings.

MGB warns Lee that non-compliance shall compel him to file appropriate charges in accordance with the pertinent mining and environmental laws, rules, and regulations, Sarmiento added.

QUEZON — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued a cease-and-desist order against an alleged illegal quarrying operation at Purok Pagkakaisa, Barangay Gulang-gulang in Lucena City.

MGB Regional Director Dondi Sarmiento ordered Marc Benedict Lee to stop conducting the illegal activity and was required to restore and rehabilitate the quarried area within 30 days from date of receipt of order June 26, 2022.

Sarmiento made the order based on the findings from an investigation which disclosed that Lee conducted clearing and earthmoving operations including haulage of rocks and earth/backfilling materials along a portion of Dumacaa river, wherein prominent traces of the said activities and stockpiles of stones and other earth materials removed from the riverbanks can be seen.

The quarrying operation too has no proper authority or permission from the Provincial Government of Quezon, the DENR, and the MGB office.

Further, a canal-like excavation approximately 15-20 meters long and 1-1.5 meters wide, constructed for the purpose of diverting the current flow of rivers was also observed, according to the findings.

MGB warns Lee that non-compliance shall compel him to file appropriate charges in accordance with the pertinent mining and environmental laws, rules, and regulations, Sarmiento added.

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