In view of the need to address the requirements for cement, aggregates and related materials of the construction industry quarry resources are excluded from the scope of moratorium as directed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Hon. Regina Paz L. Lopez under DENR Memorandum Order no. 2017-01 dated March 10, 2017 on the acceptance, processing and approval of mining applications and new mining projects under Department Memorandum Order 2016-01.
Quarry as defined in RA 7942 otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 means the process of extracting, removing and disposing of quarry resources found on or underneath the surface of public or private land. The law also defines quarry resources as any common rock or other mineral substances as the director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau may declare to be quarry resources such as, but not limited to andesite, basalt, conglomerate, coral, sand, diatomaceous earth, diorite, decorative stones, gabbro, granite, limestone, marble, marl, red burning clays for potteries and bricks, rhyolite, rock phosphate, sandstone, serpentine, shale, tuff, volcanic cinders and volcanic glass. Provided, that these resources should not contain metals or metallic constituents or other valuable minerals in economically workable quantities. Provided further that non-metallic minerals such as kaolin, feldspar, bull quartz, quartz, or silica, sand and pebbles, bentonite, talc, asbestos, barite, gypsum, bauxite, magnesite, dolomite, mica, precious and semiprecious stones and other non-metallic minerals that may later be discovered and which the Director declares to be economically workable quantities, shall not be classified under the category of “Quarry Resources”.
In the Bicol Region, all provinces have potential sites for quarry resources. Recently the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V has just completed the conduct of inventory of quarry resources in the Provinces of Albay and Sorsogon.
In the provinces of Albay the inventoried quarry sites are found in Barangays Basag, Tambo, Nasisi, Pinit, Batang in Ligao; Barangays Tandarora and Maninila, in Guinobatan; Barangay Quirangay in Camalig; Barangays Salvacion, Malabog and Budiao in Daraga; Barangay Nagas in Tiwi; Barangay San Antonio in Tabaco; Barangay San Jose and Binitayan in Malilipot, and Barangay Padang in Legazpi City.
In the Provinces of Sorsogon, inventoried quarries are located at Barangays Añog, Rangas, Binanuahan and Cogon in Juban; Mapaso, Monbon and Patag in Irosin; and Barayong Bacon in Sorsogon City. Barangays Trece Martirez, Casiguran, and Sigad in Bulan; Barangay Gadgaron in Matnog, and Carriedo in Gubat.
The Bureau has yet to complete similar inventory on quarry sites in the provinces of Masbate, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte this Region.