Lahar now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue



CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Sand quarrying in the province’s lahar areas is now Pampanga’s biggest source of revenue, bringing in more than P600 million in taxes and fees in the last 28 months, according to the province’s officials.

The industry has brought in at least P21.6 million a month to the province’s coffers, the officials said.

Expecting a construction boom in the public and private sectors early next year, Gov. Lilia Pineda said the province’s P700-million collection target in 36 months might be reached by June 2013.

Crude sand is used as filling materials while refined sand is mixed with cement or made into hollow blocks.

Pineda said she has formed a project team to study the various products that can be made out of sand so these can be introduced as livelihood projects in communities.

She said the capitol had set aside half of the collections to regulate and monitor the quarry industry concentrated in Bacolor, Porac, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca, Mabalacat, Mexico, Minalin and Sto. Tomas towns.

The other half of the amount is distributed among the provincial, town and barangay governments that host quarry sites.

Pineda said the capitol’s share funded the construction of new classrooms and roads and was used to improve district hospitals.

Records showed that shares received by Pampanga villages hosting quarry operations from December 2010 to April 2012 exceeded P91 million. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • JK1000

    Ako may kilala diyan, kita malaki. Iwan familia abroad para balik dito Pilipinas  para kita laki pera. Dikit siya kay Mark Lapid at Pineda, Sabi Instik ” Ikaw gusto Pinatubo di sabog, sila ulo ka pala eh. Dito pera laki kita, Pinatubo ganda negosyo” Ako kilala iwan familia abroad para balik dito Pinas, kumpare Mark Lapid. Siya tawag TIGAS tuwing linggo. Dami pera ngayon, wawa asawa abroad.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Ibig sabihin nito tinalo pa ang jueteng? ay oo nga pala legal pala ang lahar!

  • $29897073

    Just look at Lito Lapid mansion & AB wealth plus sons & friends of Lapids got all the wealth,,, wawa kabalen iwan sila sa mainit at mailabukin probinsiya ng Pampanga. Pero wala pa rin kadala dala binoboto pa rin sila pati na ng kanilang kakosa sina GMA & family, si aling Lilia na kunwari pang wala jueteng. Iyon sa Pampanga capitol pugad ng recyle na balimbing na politician.

  • JK1000

    Friend ko galing amerika punta dito Pinas, dami pera ngayon kasi dikit siya Mark Lapid at Pineda anak. Iwan asawa at anak sa abroad. Sabi Instik, ” Ikaw, uwi Pilipinas para kita laki pera tulong ka Mark Lapid at anak Pineda. Ngayon, ikaw ganda buhay parang buhay binata. Gawa mo di maganda lagi dala malas sa buhay”

  • Barak_O

    jueteng joke

  • vince_bugaboo

    Ang lahar is the substance the Pinatubo volcano spewed out. Matagal ng ubos ‘yon. 
    Ang sinasabi mong “source of revenue,” which is sand, is natural segment of San Fernando city’s and Floridablanca town’s earthly materials. sa ngayon ok pa ang dalawang lugar, pero darating ang araw magiging crater-like pareho ang dalawa because of the non-stop, extreme excavations in the areas. Nothing lasts, ‘ika nga. tsaka wala namang nakikinabang sa environment destruction na ito kundi ang mga pulitikong mandarambong. Ask the locals.

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