On 15 September 2016 personnel from MGB Region I were dispatched to conduct an investigation.
No sand and gravel quarrying was noted at the time of inspection.
However, during the interview the Barangay Captain of Brgy. Cacadiran confirmed that boulders were previously extracted from the Cabugao River. It strated sometime in April 2016 and stopped two (2) months ago.
According to the Brgy. Captain the boulders were used in the construction of a FISHPORT, a project of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Department of Agriculture, Region I located in Brgy. Salomague, same municipality.
The President of the Association of Barangay Captains, Hon. Thaddeus Soller claimed the municipal government is aware of such undertaking.
It was learned from the ABC President the boulders were sourced from the dredging activity done by Chivalyn Construction, a local construction company whose services were engaged by Brgy. Cacadiran with assistance from the municipal government.
Personnel from the Environment and Natural Resources Management Office – Ilocos Sur informed the investigating team that a Special Permit was issued covering the said activity by the provincial government.
Portions of the barangay road in Sitio Rebba were noted to have been damaged because of the hauling of the boulders.#daisydenrplanningoffice
(Top) The President of the Association of Barangay Captains, Hon. Thaddeus U. Soller (2nd from right) confirmed to the investigation team the report regarding the extraction of boulders from the Cabugao River.
(Below) With the MGB Region I investigating team were personnel from the Municipal Government of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Environment and Natural Resources Management Office – Ilocos Sur and some barangay officials.