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IP community vows vigilance over Tampakan mining operations

To help safeguard the environment, leaders of Blaan tribal communities in South Cotabato have vowed to keep a watchful eye on the gold mining activities within the province.

According to Tampakan Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) to the municipal council Domingo Collado, the community will help the government strictly monitor the Tampakan mining project on its environmental protection and rehabilitation obligations once it resumes operations

“We will see to it that the soon-to-commence Tampakan copper-gold project will be strictly monitored in compliance with applicable mining and environmental laws, rules, and regulations,” Collado told local media on Sunday.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) is tasked to create a multipartite monitoring team that will be responsible for the conduct of quarterly environmental monitoring and audit of the mining company’s operation to ensure it is in line with the country’s laws.

Collado made the statement amid calls from climate advocates for a nationwide mining moratorium in the aftermath of a massive landslide that hit the mountain village of Masara in Davao de Oro.

Collado meanwhile stated that the IP community recognized the potential contributions of the project to bring progress to the region. He thanked Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) for fostering the socio-economic development of indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) in Tampakan.

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