Gov’t urged to declare Rizal ‘no quarry zone’

Gov’t urged to declare Rizal ‘no quarry zone’

Residents wade through floodwaters in Rodriguez, Rizal which was submerged by floods. PHOTO FROM MDRRMO RODRIGUEZ

By CBCP News

August 16, 2018

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic priest is calling on the government to declare Rizal a “no quarry zone” after recent rains triggered massive flooding that submerged several areas in the province.

Fr. Noeh Elnar of San Rafael the Archangel Parish in Rodriguez town claimed the quarrying has long been a problem in the area, causing siltation of rivers.

“I hope they (government) would wake up to the truth,” Elnar said over church-run Radio Veritas.

The Department of Environment of Natural of Resources (DENR) on Monday ordered a halt to quarrying in the towns of San Mataeo and Rodriguez.

The suspension was fueled by mud-colored floods in low-lying villages of both towns prompting its local governments to declare a state of calamity.

“I hope this stoppage to quarry operations will not just be a press release. They should really implement it,” the priest said.

Elnar has been a vocal critic against quarrying in Rodriguez and admitted receiving death threats.

Floods triggered by monsoon rains over the weekend also inundated Marikina City and other parts of Metro Manila, displacing thousands of families.