By Dandan A. Bantugan
Tagbilaran City – Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto last week ordered the closure of an illegal quarry site where two ill-fated workers died following a recent landslide.
“The provincial government’s answer is no,” said Chatto in his firm reply to local government officials, residents of Barangay Candabong in Anda town and national agency representatives when asked for a compromise agreement on the quarry operations.
Chatto, who rushed to Anda Wednesday night right after receiving reports that the bodies of Valerio Galeya and Ariel Abac were already retrieved, met with the victims’ families and Anda officials.
With the governor were Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Officer Anthony R. Damalerio and provincial police chief Angel Geñorga.
Chatto learned that many residents chose to work in the illegal quarry site to earn easy money and bigger income.
Hence, Chatto directed the Office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (OPSWD) to promptly meet with residents and help them look for better safer sources of livelihood.