By Tara Yap
Iloilo City— Sand and gravel supply for both government and private infrastructure projects in Iloilo province are running low.
Atty. Arturo Cangrejo, chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said that several contractors are expressing concerns of not being able to finish projects due to inadequate low supply.
Among the government infrastructures that might be affected is the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), which is implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and funded by the World Bank (WB).
Last year, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. ordered a ban on granting new permits to extract sand and gravel after an inspection by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-6) found that government bridges were at risk from excessive quarrying along Iloilo’s major river systems.
But this year, the Iloilo provincial government reconsidered and only set limits for issuance of permits to quarry operators.
Engr. Wencelao Leaño Jr., regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6), also did make an appeal from the Iloilo provincial government to issue sand and gravel permits to its contractors that are implementing projects in the province.