City of Koronadal – The provincial imposition on mining and quarry tax from January to September this year reached P8,280,058.41 the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) reported.
Based on PEMO’s latest collection report, the month of September totaled P841,727.00.
With that, the province’s share in the mining and quarry tax collection now amounted to P3,652,277.88.
Despite the decrease in the mining and quarry tax collection, PEMO is still hopeful it could reach its P12 million annual collection target before the year ends.
Earlier this year, the province has suspended individual quarry operations in Topland and Marbel Rivers to give way to its communal quarry operations due to the heavy scouring of the riverbank in the said rivers that traverse Barangays Concepion, Magsaysay, Namnama and Sto. Nino, this city, which was monitored by PEMO.
According to Senior Environment Management Specialist Lourdes Jumilla of PEMO’s Mines and Geo-Science Division, there only 5 remaining active quarry operators out of the original 18-member communal quarry operators.
Among tunnel operators involved in small-scale mining in T’boli town, Jumilla added that 94 tunnel owners remained out of the previous 184 tunnel owners.
Jumilla stressed that the reduction in the number of tunnel operators is due to the closure order imposed by PEMO on errant tunnel operators.
The Provincial Imposition under Mining and Quarry include Sand and Gravel Tax, Mining Tax, Mining Permit Fee, Ore Transport Fee, Occupational Mining Tax, Verification Fee, Filing Fee, Permit Fee, Projection Fee, Processing Fee, Fines/Penalties/Surcharges and Miscellaneous (Delivery Receipts.