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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 14, 2012

 

MGB-8 to investigate gold rush in 4 EV towns

by Aurora J. Casimpan

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, January 14 (PIA) -- The veracity of the reports of gold rush activities in four towns in Eastern Visayas will be subjected to an investigation by the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

According to MGB regional director Roger De Dios, the mining activities which are illegal cannot be left unchecked as it might trigger a possible landslide incident.

De Dios said illegal mining activities in the Compostela Valley were the source of the landslide incident which killed 30 people and left several people unaccounted for.

He stressed that Eastern Visayas has been identified as a landslide prone region and with the continuous rains being experienced in the area, landslide incidents might be a possibility.

MGB has listed 2,531 barangays across the region as susceptible to landslide incidents.

De Dios identified the towns of Pintuyan, San Ricardo and Saint Bernard all in Southern Leyte and the town of Balangiga in Eastern Samar as being reported on gold rush activities.

While illegal gold panning has been going for thirty years in Pintuyan and San Ricardo, the reported towns of Saint Bernard and Balangiga are just new.

De Dios said that a team has already been sent to check on the report and monitor the reported gold rush on the areas.

The MGB director added that they have provided a large-scale geo-hazard map to guide them which among the barangays in the region are prone to landslide occurrences and help local government units to start relocating residents living in dangerous areas before an incident happens. (PIA-8)

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