Dad questions river dredging

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A TALISAY City councilor is questioning the dredging operations earlier this week at the Mananga River.

In an interview yesterday, Talisay City Councilor Antonio “Jojo” Bacaltos Jr. asked why a private company did not seek the Talisay City Government’s permission.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reportedly hired the company to do the works.


He was surprised when he heard of the operations since no one applied for a dredging permit in the city.

“Kung ila ang project, walay problema, pero diri man sa Talisay ang project, kinahanglan gyud sila mokuha ug permit (If it’s their project, then no problem. But since it’s being done in Talisay, they need a permit),” Bacaltos said.

Bacaltos said the private company took advantage of the dry season to dredging the Mananga River.

He said he plans to consult the matter to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) and will revisit the ordinances regulating the dredging before presenting it to the City Council.

After Bacaltos’s report, Talisay City Administrator John Yre de los Reyes immediately ordered the members of the city’s Flying Squad Task Force to inspect the area to know if the dredging has the proper documents.

De los Reyes, the son of Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes, said he also wants to know if the private company hired by DPWH coordinated with the City before it began the works.

The Mananga River, which usually dries up during the summer, is often the subject of many illegal environmental violations, including the illegal extraction of sand and gravel.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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