MGB issues warning to small-scale miners

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

THE underground can be dangerous during the rainy season.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) officer in charge Faye Apil is warning all small-scale mining (SSM) groups to stay out of the underground during the rainy season.

"We reiterate they should not go into the tunnels," Apil said, adding the rainy season is not safe for SSM groups to continue mining.


For the province of Benguet, Governor Nestor Fonwgan ordered a halt in SSM operation during strong rains.

Fongwan has been imploring to SSM not to enter tunnels during the periods of suspension.

The governor directs his pleas to presidents, chairs and leaders of SSM associations and concerned authorities.

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

Small-scale mining, although proven very hazardous, remains as one thriving industry in most gold-rush towns like Benguet.

In Benguet, the small-scale mining industry earned P250 billion for the last 15 years and around three tons of gold had been sold to accredited buyers from 2002 to 2007.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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