Apologies for the last post....what a stockhouse mash up....try this....
What a tragedy for the Philippino people. Please donate and give what you can.....
Any news from Cadan or Tboli? I think they would have missed most of the typhoon damage being so far south. I believe the power grid is OK but it is really hard to find any news.
I have searched but all I found was the following about illegal miners. Cadan really needs to do an update.
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Nov 13 (PIA) --
Over 200 "banlaseros" (illegal miners) in gold-rich T’boli town, this province, have vowed to cease from their unlawful mining operations, an official of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said.
MGB 12 regional director Constancio Paye Jr. told Philippine Information Agency 12 that illegal miners in Barangays Desawu and Kematu have recently signed a covenant to cease from illegal hydraulic mining and support efforts to eradicate such activities in the area.
They also surrendered tools and equipment they were using to mine gold.
“This was the first agreement ever made in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) against ‘banlas” mining,” Paye said.
What is more commendable, he added, is that it is widely accepted by the “banlaseros” in Tboli as further evidenced by their surrender of the tools they used in their illegal operations.
Signatories to the covenant were residents of Sitio Lemluk-el in Desawo and Sitio Blangas in Kematu along with other officials in T’boli and South Cotabato.
Officials who signed the covenant were Board member Ting Demaala who represented Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes; Director Paye, T’boli mayor Dibu Tuan, T’boli vice mayor Grace Silva, SB Committee on Environment chair Abelardo Serofia, Jr. acting PEMO Siegfred Flaviano.
Ernesto Dhok who represented indigeneous peoples, Josephine Balonga who represent the Non-IP-Small Scale Mining group, T’boli Chief of Police Jimuel Siason, 27th battalion commander Lt. Col. Shalimar Imperial, SP Committee Chairperson for Environment Ellen Grace Subere-Albios, Desawo barangay chair Mansueto dela Pena, and T’boli MENRO Julian Asion.
The covenant signing was held at the municipal gymnasium on November 8.
Prior to the covenant signing, the illegal miners conducted a tree planting activity sitios Lemluk-el and Blangas, Kematu as their share in the rehabilitation of the affected areas destructed by the illegal practice.
At least 50 hectares of illegal mining area were covered in the tree planting activity.
At the ceremony, director Paye, emphasized that the area is blessed as it is endowed with metallic minerals.
He challenged the local residents to mine following the existing mining and environmental laws.
“Let us show our concern by adhering to this commitment,” he said.
Mayor Tuan also reminded his constituents to mine responsibly.
If they are responsible in their mining activity, and in case calamities could occur, he emphasized, residents in the low-lying municipalities could not blame the residents of T'boli.
He also vowed support to environmentally-sound mining activity.
Meanwhile, PEMO Flaviano promised the small-scale miners that the provincial government and the Provincial Environment Management Office are ready to assist them in their legal mining operations.
Estimates have placed the mineral deposits in T'boli at 3.8 million metric tons, containing 1.1 million ounces of gold and 3.3 million ounces of silver.