Mines bureau asks Capitol’s help to stop Toledo mining

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


CEBU - The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Central Visayas has sought the assistance of Cebu Governor Hilario Davide and the police to stop small-scale gold mining in Sitio Boswang, Barangay Cambang-og in Toledo City.

In a July 2 letter to Davide, OIC-Mining Operations Officer Raul Laput said the gold mining activities are conducted on an area covered by a application for mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA) of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp.

SCHOOL OF LIFE
CEBU. Some school-age children in Sitio Boswang, Barangay Cambang-og in Toledo City skipped school to help their family survive by mining for gold. (Sun.Star File)

"Sans any mining permit to support the mining operations, the present activities there are deemed illegal,” Laput said. He said MGB issued a cease and desist order against the small-scale gold mining activities of some residents.

Minahang bayan

The MGB 7 confirmed that residents conduct gold panning and sluicing in Sitio Boswang. It found several portable (manual and engine-driven) grinding mills.

Laput said the area where gold mining activities are conducted may be a People’s Small-Scale Mining Area (or Minahang Bayan) under Republic Act 7076.

Laput sent a letter of the same tenor to Cambang-og Barangay Captain Timoteo Largo.

Laput requested Davide to reactivate the Cebu Provincial Mining Regulatory Board so that the issue can be discussed. Pending this, he asked the Capitol, the Toledo City Government and the police to help put a stop to the gold mining activities in Barangay Cambang-og.

Some school-age children have reportedly skipped school to mine for gold.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 11, 2014.

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