As a result of the massive flooding from Typhoon Ulysses, the Rizal provincial government has ordered a stoppage to all quarrying and mining operations in the province that were authorized or given permits by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Rizal Governor Rebecca “Nini” Ynares issued Memorandum Order No. 2020-01 suspending all quarrying and mining operations in the province, and allied activities like stone crushing.
“Time and again, the losses of life and limbs and millions of pesos in terms of property damages in the Province of Rizal and neighboring towns ushered by typhoon Ulysses have been repeatedly attributed to quarrying and mining operations and related activities in the province,” the memorandum order stated.
“In the interest of public safety and welfare and ensure environmental protection and sustainability and to address, as well, the complaints and concerns on threats and impacts thereof, more so, during typhoons and similar natural disturbances, all quarry operations and related activities permitted and actively operating in the province of Rizal over a total land area of 39.24 hectares, more or less, are hereby ordered stopped and shall remain to be such unless and until authorized to resume operations for just cause or reason,” it added.
The Rizal provincial government also advised all local government units in the province to immediately stop all land developmental activities, including subdivision development. SOVEREIGNPH