An ordinance that seeks to regulate and control the collection and sale of beach pebbles was filed at the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Monday by Councilor Roy Ventura.
Ventura said that if his proposed measure is passed, it would be called “Beach Sand Ordinance”. He said his goal is to save the beaches of Puerto Princesa from erosion and degradation against the heavy collection of pebbles and other similar resources.
“This measure is for everyone, even for foreigners who take pebbles as souvenirs from our beaches,” he said.
Ventura said that his proposal is a pro-active measure to conserve the city’s beaches.
“Just because there is no serious loss right now does not mean we should not regulate,” he said.
He added that the proposed measure is based on Section 1, Article 35 of Ordinance No. 559 or the Administrative Code of the City of Puerto Princesa that sets the strategy to develop it as a “World Class Eco-Tourism Destination” through environmental protection and conservation.
Ventura stated that if the ordinance is approved, it would impose fines that range between P2,500 and P5,000 and imprisonment of not less than one month and not more than six months.