Palawan collects P69M from quarry operations

City government wants to transform quarry site to ecotourism destination (file photo)

Quarrying operations throughout the province have netted P68.8 million in income taxes and collection from penalties for the provincial government during the first half of 2017, according to the provincial treasurer’s office.

Provincial treasurer Elino Mondragon said the amount will be shared among the various local government units based on the provisions of the Local Government Code, which states that 30 percent will be retained by the provincial government  while another 30 percent will go to the municipality and 40 percent to the barangay where the quarrying operation took place.

Some local government units, Mondragon said, have already collected their revenue share from the quarrying operations. He added that the municipality of Quezon had the most quarry operations, yielding around P3 million in shared profits between the municipal government and its barangays.

“Alam naman ‘yan ng mga munisipyo at barangays na mayroon silang shares at nakaraan may kumuha na rin nga dito,” Mondragon said.

The Provincial Mining and Regulatory Board (PMRB), which approves quarry operations, impose and maximum penalty of P50,000 for over-extraction of  aggregates by quarry operators.

The provincial government’s records also showed it had collected penalties amounting to P8.8 million from illegal quarrying operations.

Administrative fees collected amounted to P519.000, the records also showed.

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