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Malacañang turns over 257 blocks of Tea Rose marble to Bulacan
By: PPAO
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS – The Office of the President has turned over to the Provincial Government of Bulacan 257 blocks of the rare but expensive Tea Rose marble that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources seized after the administration of Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado banned its extraction from the mountains of Eastern Bulacan, particularly within the hallowed grounds of Biak-na-Bato National Shrine in the boundaries of San Miguel and Doña Remedios Trinidad towns.

Alvarado said that Malacañang has granted his request for the some 257 blocks of wire-sawed tea rose marble blocks be turned over to the Provincial Government of Bulacan.

In a letter dated January 21, 2014 from the Legal Affairs Department of the Office of the President signed by Lawyer Michael Aguinaldo, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Office of the President, Malacañang has given full authority to the Provincial Government on what to do with the 257 blocks of tea rose marble subject to the terms of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The rare tea rose marble variety can only be found in the mountains of Eastern Bulacan, particularly at the Biak-na-Bato national park, a protected area.

Sensing the danger of its extraction from the mountain, Alvarado immediately ordered its mining to be stopped when he assumed his post as governor of the province.

“Maganda at tanging dito lamang matatagpuan sa Bulacan ang pinakamahal na klase ng marmol na ito ngunit hindi kayang tumbasan ng salapi ang nawawasak na bundok lalo na at sakop ito ng makasaysayang Biak-na-Bato national park,” the governor said.

“Kapag napunta ka kasi sa Las Vegas o maging sa mga mamahaling hotel sa Beijing, China may makikita ka na tea rose marmol na sa kabundukan ng Bulacan lang matatagpuan. Ang tanong ay papaano ito nakarating doon, ito ba ay lumipad papunta doon o iligal na minina sa sagradong bundok ng Biak-na Bato?,“ he added.

Alvarado assured that the blocks of tea rose marble will be used for the best interest of the province and people of Bulacan. ###

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