Benguet suspends small-scale mining activities

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan ordered a halt in small scale mining here due to continued torrential weather.

In a memorandum signed Tuesday, governor suspended all small scale mining activities until the weather clears up.

Fongwan made the suspension in the midst of storm signal number 2 hovering over the province due to tropical storm Glenda on its way out of the country.

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Provincial disaster team is on a red alert status as the governor directed the MDRRMCs & BDRRMCs to be on heightened alert.

The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense Cordillera Region advised residents in low lying areas to be alert for flash floods and landslides.

Fongwan reminded residents in high-risk areas to evacuate to safer areas at the earliest possible times while a continuous monitoring on road conditions for possible untoward incidents is also being monitored.

For safety purposes, the activation of the Early Warming Systems in the province has been in place since Monday, as Typhoon Glenda entered the country.

All hospitals in the province has likewise been activated with prepositioned heavy equipment, fire trucks as well as ambulances for emergency response is on standby.

Fongwan implores all SSM are now ordered not to enter tunnels and adits during the period of suspension.

"Presidents, chairs and leaders of small scale mining associations and concerned authorities are likewise advised to promptly disseminate the suspension order," Fongwan said in his order.

There are over 20,000 small-scale miners in the province, recognized as one of the pillars of the province, but in times of disaster, safety must be observed.

Meanwhile in La Trinidad, Yoshio Labi of the local disaster committee said as of press time, there is no casualty and zero injury incidence in the Valley during the onslaught of ‘Glenda’.

The local operation center has been activated while the municipal disaster council and the 16 baranagys are on standby.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 17, 2014.

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