TARLAC Governor Susan Yap, in an interview over CLTV 36 last September 5, has called for solutions to the issues hounding the quarry operations in Capas town.
She said that quarry operations in the Capas area was suspended for more than two months and was just lifted last August 16.
“I want to put this on record, that the quarry operation in Capas area was suspended for more than two months, and I just removed it August 16, and a few of them lang that were allowed by EMB (Environmental Management Group),” she said.
Gov. Yap said that when Capas Mayor Roseller Rodriguez went to her office, she called on provincial government engineers to assess.
“Nung sila Mayor Boots came to my office, I said let’s assess, so I called my engineers to go quickly at ang sabi nila sa akin mga 500 meters are re blocking …but because of heavy rains this past few days, it created the toll to the road. So I think now what needs to be done is about one-kilometer long, however my engineers said that there are some issues kasi makitid yung kalye na maiayos pa,” Gov. Yap pointed-out
The governor likewise said that she coordinated with the DPWH and the provincial engineers to establish weighing scales on strategic places to prevent erring truckers to comply with weight requirements.
CLTV 36 host Jenifer Salenga asked Gov. Yap if the quarry trucks are the main reason for the deterioration of Capas roads in which she answered, “That’s one, but I think talaga namang the roads are luma na [and] it really takes a toll.”
Gov. Yap said that she ordered the DPWH to operate the weighing scale in Capas and add some more in other areas.
“There’s a weighing scale sa Capas, apparently DPWH has not operated it so I instructed them to immediately operate at magdagdag pa in other areas. When we stop operation in Capas, nanggagaling pa ang ibang trucker sa ibang neighboring provinces like Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija kasi nga it’s needed for development at na dedelay yung mga projects because of lack of materials. So to correct this we have to probably find another viable route para hindi na i-strain ang isang kalye and really enforce anti-overloading,” Gov. Yap said.
She said that when she suspended quarry operations for two months, the price for quarry materials went up.
“These are materials needed to construct and in fact when I suspended it for two months, really tumataas ang presyo, when you try to control the supply, syempre tumataas ang presyo, that’s why I renewed and allowed some quarry operators to operate last August 16. But in this case, the community is already complaining because nasisira yung kalye nila we will rectify and look for another kalye, we cannot completely stop, papano yung mga kalye na hinihingi nila, it needs sand, just make sure na ini-impound yung overloaded trucks,” Gov. Yap concluded.