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Monday, 18 April 2016 13:39

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

This is Table Talk’s second piece in a row about Caragasan Beach and its sorry and sad state at present. The City Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources must come to the rescue before Caragasan Beach, the city’s original week end beach resort, will be lost and taken over by environmental vandals who are illegally quarrying sand from the beach for commercial purpose. Right now, hardened coral stones covered by sand from the sea are protruding because of sand quarrying by people who are never concerned of the environment and possible erosion of the Caragasan highway.

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Similar dismaying incident happened in the shorelines of Barangay Ayala, that graced the headlines many months back, when coffins from the Ayala Cemetery were found floating into the sea, because of  excesive sand quarrying illegally by a construction company that did not respect the resting place of Ayala’s dead loved ones who were buried in a cemetery just beside the serenity of the shoreline. Excessive quarrying of fine sand in the shoreline near the Ayala cemetery caused the encroachment of the sea and the erosion of the cemetery’s perimeter and disturbed  the resting place of Ayala’s loved ones who passed away ahead. Until now, we have not heard that the construction company was even penalized for the desecration of the dead in that  barangay.

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In other West Coast beaches adjacent to private lands, fine sand are gathered,transported and sold commercially to nearby island provinces for their public infrastructure projects. These commercial destruction of our shoreline has taken its toll. From Barangay Labuan, Patalon, and practically all coastal barangays in the West Coast up to Sinunuc, which is nearest to the city proper, their shore lines are almost eaten up by the sea because of erosion caused by sand quarrying commercially by legal and illegal means.

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In the heart of the city proper, even at Cawa-Cawa, now RT Lim Blvd., illegal quarrying is notice at the public beach fronting the Gen Batalla Police Camp and besides the PPA office on one end and the Bay walk area on the other end. Sand quarrying by the sack is reportedly done by a sand and gravel businessman in the city right in front a private hospital, a catholic college, a Christian Church and ironically in front of a police camp. This is one for Guinness Book of Record, for the record of doing illegal matter publicly and never apprehended.

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The City Government and the DENR at all cost must protect and save the shore lines and beaches at the West Coast from soil erosion and prohibit the transport commercially of precious sand from our beaches to our neighboring islands. What is bad is, those islands have their own sand and beaches, but they are saving and protecting them while destroying ours which took nature centuries to accumulate in our beaches. Protecting our beaches is for our survival and for humanity and destroying them for commercial purposes is a “devil’s advocacy”.

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Scoop: Too much politics by our city leaders have neglected our natural resources, marine and forest resources. A little spark causes forest forest fires. A few days without rain causes the city to adopt water rationing while too much rain causes flash floods in almost all rivers due to illegal logging of our forest. Our Electric energy for the city depends on the whims and caprices of our energy suppliers who gives all sorts of reason for their inadequacy. Nature is taking punishment from human neglect and unreasonable man made causes. Agree or disagree.