Ako Bicol Congressman Zaldy Co today appealed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other government agencies to limit mining and quarrying activities in Mayon Volcano.
“Over extraction leads to death and destruction. We cannot sacrifice lives and properties just for the benefit of a few,” Co stressed.
He said only heavily silted rivers in Mayon’s gullies must be designated for mining or quarrying. “We must learn our lesson: we can save many lives if we ban over extraction of aggregates in Mt. Mayon,” he said.
The solon added that tourism is still the best in providing jobs. Environmental destruction will only bring us misery and more poverty, he said.