Banking on their conviction that quarrying in Cebu and elsewhere in the country destroys the mountains and eventually the environment, protest rallies of Cebu-based pro-environment activists will go on without let up until concerned parties heed their call for a serious rehabilitation of damaged land and fast-tracking of efforts to repair deteriorating landscape, it was learned over the weekend.
Brother Simon Jardinico, chairman of the Cebu-based Franciscan Solidarity Movement for Justice and Peace, referring to the quarry activities at Tinaan, City of Naga, Cebu, said another landslide may occur if quarry operators in the area will continue with their environmentally-damaging business.
The forthcoming protest rallies will be more massive with the participation of various protest groups such as the Pusyon Kinaiyahan, Cebu Action Group which is initiated by Lawyers and the Philippine Movement for Climate-Justice-Cebu, Jardinico said.
The scheduled rallies will drum up further support following a well-participated protest rally held last Dec. 20, 2018. These activities, according to Brother Jardinico, will insist on the city government officials of the City of Naga and officials of the Apo Land and Quarry Corporation to stop their quarrying activities as these lead to tragedies just like what happened in Tinaan, City of Naga where a massive landslide buried hundreds of houses claiming at least 78 lives.
Up to now, Jardinico said, landslide victims continue to cry out for help since they still long for a fair action on the part of the city government and the quarry firm.
Jardinico, a religious brother belonging to the Franciscan Order, debunked claim of those accountable for the tragedy that the incident was an act beyond man’s control as the quarrying which extracts natural resources deep down the land was indeed the source of the landslide tragedy.
Photo from Kim Monterde/Cebu Action Group