BALANGA CITY, Bataan- Mayor Rommel V. del Rosario of Bagac has vehemently denied the reported illegal extraction of boulders in the upland village of Banawang saying the source of the boulders is a privately-owned property .
Del Rosario believes that a group is just creating an issue using unfounded accusations of illegal quarrying inside a timberland, and this may impede the construction of a port facilities at the Las Casas de Acuzar. The coastal town of Bagac, one of the possible hosts of Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) summit next year, is preparing an infrastructure master plan to conform with international standards in tourism impact and to be a highly-competitive convention site in the country, the Mayor stressed.
He further clarified that Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Engr. Fred de Guzman, has approved the extraction of boulders on the private property as long it does not have an adverse effect on the ecological balance of the community.
Mayor Del Rosario explained that it is the landowners themselves who are requesting local officials to extract the boulders from their properties to convert their land into productive agricultural lands. Said conversion would improve the livelihood of the residents and possible development into another tourism spot, with its scenic view of the South China sea and pristine water. Some landowners are even spending large amount of money for the removal of boulders brought about by the eruption of an extinct volcano centuries ago.
The Mayor believes that it would be better if, his detractors will help in building a progressive and healthy community instead of focusing on false accusations. “We have been doing our task candidly and realistically to achieve economic growth .”