4 construction firm employees arrested for illegal quarrying PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 June 2013 11:33

Men of the Labuan police station under Sr. Insp. Chester Natividad and personnel of the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) conducted an operation against illegal quarrying at Lower Luuk, Limpapa resulting in the arrest of four employees of a construction firm last Tuesday.

Arrested were Jeffrey Jumanog, 28, Ronald Antonio, Bernardo Lo, 60, and Yunus Kahaluddin, all employees of Unitech  Builders.

Police recovered a dumptruck loaded with sand and gravel during the operation.

Illegal quarrying activities are rampant in the west coast particularly in San Ramon, Labuan and Limpapa. These have resulted in environmental disasters which have brought floods in several communities. Riverbanks and seashores have been destroyed due to illegal quarrying activities that have become rampant due to increase in demand of sand and gravel as a result of the construction boom in this city.

The city government collects high taxes from legitimate sand and gravel companies which have resulted in the increase in the cost of sand and gravel in Zamboanga City, according to industry sources. — DT