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.