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Gwen Garcia wants LGU share in dolomite revenues

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Because the company engaged in processing and transporting dolomite from Alcoy for the Manila Bay rehabilitation project is selling the minerals domestically, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has demanded that it give the Capitol, the town, and the barangay a just share in its revenues.

Garcia also said the Philippine Mining Service Corp. (PMSC) should secure a waste disposal permit from the Capitol and submit its program of works.

PMSC processed and transported crushed dolomite extracted by its sister-company, Dolomite Mining Corp., for the controversial “white sand” project in Manila Bay.

Under the mineral production sharing agreement, PMSC is only allowed to extract and process dolomite and export them to Japan and Korea mainly for the production of steel and glass.

Because PMSC is now engaged in the domestic sale of such products, Garcia said it should give the local government units (LGU) their due.

“What does this mean? I am insisting that they share because what we collect, that will go to our province’s coffers — shared by the barangay, by the LGU, and by the province,” she said in the vernacular.

According to her, the supposed share of the government from the revenues will be distributed to the province, town, and barangay in a 40-30-30 percent sharing scheme.

The 40 percent, she added, could have been used to build roads.

On Tuesday, Garcia ordered the halt of mining operations in Alcoy town, saying that both the provincial government and the municipality were not informed of the beautification project in manila.

There was also no public consultation prior to the issuance of ore transport permits by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas.