Illegal Excavation In Antipolo City Discovered

An illegal excavation was discovered in a house in Antipolo.


The excavation was discovered by the neighbors of the house from where the illegal excavation is being conducted.


The house from where the illegal excavation is being done is located in Sitio Tanza Uno Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City.


The Leomera family which discovered the illegal excavation complained that their neighbor Flor Salvador has been conducting the illegal excavation for 3 months.


The Complainant said that there is a tendency that their house might collapse when rain time comes because of the soil will become soft.


The Complainant has reasonable ground to believe that their house might collapse because of the illegal excavation of their neighbors detoured under their house.


The excavated hole was discovered to be 10 feet deep straight down and then tunneled towards the house of the complainants.


The alleged illegal excavation being conducted day and night is in search of gold or treasure hunting.


The Complainant said that the illegal excavators have some kind of a gadget that tells them the location of the treasure.


The Complainant already went to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to report the excavation last April 4.


In an inspection made by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on April 5, Aguinaldo Lugayan, the DENR forester in Region IV-A said that if the excavation being done is a deep well, the excavation must go straight below the ground but there is an indication that the illegal excavators are looking for something else.


It was discovered that the excavation being done was made without a permit.


Any excavation to be valid, the barangay where the excavation will be done must approve it. A clearance should also be obtained from the local government concerned. An excavation clearance or permit is also required to be obtained from the DENR.


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