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Pampanga quarry revenue reaches record P88.29M in January.

The biggest amount ever received by the provincial government of Pampanga from the quarry sector was PHP88.29 million in January of this year.

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Since July 2019, the total revenue from sand and gravel has reached PHP2.056 billion.

Governor Dennis Pineda credited the effective tax and fee collection by the Provincial Treasurer’s Office and the quarry regulatory organization Kapampangan a Lulugud at Matapat (Kalam) for the hauling of Mt. Pinatubo’s sand and gravel for the record-high income.

“These numbers show that the provincial government, especially the treasurer’s office and the quarry regulatory unit Kalam, are effectively collecting tax from the sand and gravel coming from Mt. Pinatubo,” Pineda said in a statement on Tuesday. “(These numbers show that) the provincial government, especially the treasurer’s office and the quarry regulatory unit Kalam, are collecting tax from the sand and gravel coming from Mt.

Along with additional fees, fines, and penalties, the collections include a PHP150 administrative fee per truck and a PHP250 sand tax.

According to the Local Government Code of 1991, villages, towns, or cities, as well as the province, each receive 40, 30, and 30 percent of the sand tax.

The quarry industry, according to the governor, is a significant source of revenue for the provincial capital.

The provincial capitol is using the additional revenue from the quarry to provide more services to our kabalen, he continued. “Ang dagdag na pondo po mula sa quarry ay ginagamit po ng capitol para sa karagdagang serbisyo sa ating mga kabalen.”

The quarry industry in the province has proven to be resilient, according to Pineda.

The governor’s decision to suspend quarry and haulage operations for 15 days in order to enforce measures against overloading along the North Luzon Expressway, national, and municipal highways resulted in the high collections in January 2022, despite the decline to PHP23.653 million in August 2022.

However, after a month, the collections returned to normal, increasing by almost three times to PHP62.672 million.

“Thank you very much for your assistance with the truck owners’ and quarry operators’ associations. La po hindi sumunod sa anti-overloading law at Covid-19 safety guidelines. I’m grateful to the associations of quarry owners and truck owners, as well as the groups for ambulances, oxygen tanks, and other vehicles. They followed the Covid-19 safety regulations and the anti-overloading rule. Ambulances, oxygen tanks, and other items were even donated by the associations,” Pineda stated.

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