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Baguio boy’s experiment shows banana peel absorbs metals

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Robert Nelson Leung, 11, recently placed fresh banana peels in a container filled with water taken from the community of Balatoc in Itogon town in Benguet province, host to many of the country’s oldest mines.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

IN THE KNOW: Small-scale mining

Republic Act No. 7076 defines “small-scale mining” as mineral exploration that employs manual labor with simple implements and methods and not explosives or heavy equipment.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

In South Cotabato, a template for small-scale mining


Regulated small-scale mining has worked two ways for South Cotabato province and the miners: While they contribute to the local government coffers through taxes, the government helps ensure safety in the mining area and promote scientific technology to sustain industry income, says Seigfred Flaviano, designated head of the provincial environment and management office.

Posted: December 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Strong rains raise fear of Marinduque mine dams collapse

Residents walk past high waves brought about by strong winds as it pound the seawall, hours before Typhoon Hagupit passes near the city of Legazpi on December 7, 2014.  Typhoon Hagupit tore apart homes and sent waves crashing through coastal communities across the eastern Philippines, creating more misery for millions following a barrage of deadly disasters.      AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

The provincial disaster coordinator of Marinduque expressed fears that the abandoned mine dams of the former Marcopper Mining Corporation might collapse under the onslaught of approaching Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit).

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

A template for small-scale mines

A MINER emerges from a tunnel in T’boli, South Cotabato province. Jeoffrey Maitem

Except for a few mine workers carrying bags of ore out of the dark, muddy tunnel, the mouth of the Minahang Bayan in Barangay Kematu looks deserted and empty late morning of a weekday. But village chair Mansueto de la Peña says it is only because close to 200 workers are already beneath the portal in a nebulous network of tunnels.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »