ZAMBOANGA CITY: Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has ordered a stop of all illegal quarrying operations in Sitio Pulang Lupa, Barangay Patalon, 30 kilometers west of City Hall. Salazar issued the order after leading an inspection of the area on Thursday where she personally saw the destruction in the environment resulting from extensive quarrying activities without the necessary permits. The mayor noted that the trees on the mountainside are almost uprooted and the water from the river exits through the narrow pathways. Salazar stressed the destruction caused by illegal quarrying threatens the safety of the residents, particularly the young children.