Large-scale dolomite mining activities have reportedly destroyed coral reefs and a large part of the fragile marine ecosystem in the town of Alcoy in southeastern Cebu due to “heavy siltation,” it was disclosed.
According to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), in a recent report to the Office of the Governor, this destruction was the result of the extraction of dolomite rocks from a mountainside quarry for the ongoing Manila Bay artificial white sand beautification project being carried out by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
In a survey, PENRO officials estimated that some 7,000 wet metric tons of dolomite had already been transported to Manila without first securing approval from the provincial government and payment of the proper local taxes.
According to the provincial treasurer, the suppliers Dolomite Mining Corp. (DMC) and Philippine Mining Services Corp. (PMSC) now owe the Cebu government about P727 million for the dolomite shipment.
An additional shipment of 10,000 wet metric tons of the mineral was about to be loaded onto bulk cargo ships before Gov. Gwen Garcia put an end to all the mining, citing the failure of DMC and PMSC in observing relevant local laws.
She also said the requisite Environmental Impact Study was never presented to support the dolomite extraction going on in the Alcoy quarry.
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