2 city officials, 4 employees face probe over illegal quarrying case PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 October 2015 13:09

By VIC LARATO

 

The City Legal Office (CLO) has recommended that four city government employees, two of them are department heads, be placed under investigation for possible neglect of duty charges in connection with the illegal quarrying activities cum-mining fiasco at Sitio Pulang Lupa in Barangay Patalon, west of this city.

City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon Jr. disclosed during the press briefing in City Hall Monday morning that City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo and City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rey Gonzales were recommended to undergo an investigation for possible neglect of duty, along with Engr. Benjamin Rodenas and Gerry Pollisco, both of OCENR.

To recall, Mayor Beng Climaco directed in June this year the CLO to conduct an investigation on the illegal quarrying of sand and gravel materials at Pulang Lupa.

Three months later last Sept 30, the CLO wrapped up the investigation and submitted to the chief executive a 23-page report, detailing its findings and recommendations.

“We recommended the filing of charges against some quarry ‘permittees’ and we also recommended an investigation of some of our employees, notably the city engineer (Despalo), the OCENR head (Gonzales), Engr. Rodenas and Pollisco for possible neglect of duty in granting or recommending to the mayor the issuance of permits for quarry at Pulang Lupa,” Carbon said.

The CLO probers, according to Carbon, also recommended measures that should be done by the Zamboanga Ecozone to prevent further illegal quarrying activities at Pulang Lupa, considering the site is part of its property.

“In fact, we recommended also the cancellation of all existing quarry permits at Pulang Lupa,” said the erstwhile Regional Trial Court executive judge now city legal officer.

Carbon further disclosed that copies of the CLO investigation report were also forwarded “for appropriate action” to the heads of national government offices like the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources (DENR), whose personnel were found involved in the Pulang Lupa fiasco.— Vic Larato