September 20, 2022

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. 8 conducted its regular annual monitoring on the People’s Small-scale Mining Area in Brgy. Pinut-an, San Ricardo, Southern, Leyte.

During the said monitoring, it was revealed that local miners in Brgy. Pinut-an were extracting gold ores outside the declared Minahang Bayan Area and without the necessary permit issued by concerned government agencies.

MGB-08 intends to extend its full assistance in the creation of the association in the locality to enable the small-scale miners to operate legally, protect the mineral resources within their jurisdiction and contribute to the nation’s economic growth. It was further revealed that mining is the main source of income in the locality aside from fishing.

MGB-08 likewise recommends that the barangay officials be deputized as Mining Enforcement Officers to further monitor and police illegal mining operations within their area of jurisdiction.

Photos during the monitoring of the Minahang Bayan Area in Brgy. Pinut-an, San Ricardo, Southern, Leyte