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Written by Alicia M. Graciadas   
Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The mining and quarrying industry of Compostela Valley Province has gained significant recognition in the region and even in the whole country. Internally, it is being reckoned as second to agriculture that has substantial contribution to the economy of the province.

          Declared as “mineral hub” of the Davao Region, the province continues to be the target site of the mining companies in the country. In 2007, the Mines and Geo-Science Bureau (MGB) of Region XI divulged that there were 88 applications filed in their office to secure Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) to cover the total of 109,519.03 hectares of land area in Compostela Valley Province, yet only 5 applicants covering the 4,538.88 hectares were approved and registered, 25 under process, and the 49 were denied. Also, there were 68 applications filed securing for Exploration Permit (EP) at the 135,486.35 hectares of land, however only one (1) applicant to cover the 2,170.82 hectares approved and registered, 33 under process while 32 denied (Table 47).

Moreover, the small-scale mining and quarrying activities of the province are approximately covering the 3,560.25 hectares of land (Table 48).


Table 47.                  Mining Tenements
Compostela Valley, as of May 2008

Tenement Status/Area Coverage

MPSA

EP

Total

A. Status

 

 

 

1. Under Process

25

33

60

2. Total Approved

5

1

6

     Approved and registered

5

6

     Approved but for registration

0

0

3. Withdrawn

4

7

4. Denied/Rejected

49

32

81

5. Approved but Expired or Wholly

    Relinquished to the Government

 

 

1

1.Expired but with Pending Application for

   Renewal

 

 

18

Total Applications Filed

88

68

179

B. Total Area Coverage 

 

 

 

1. Hectares covered by applications

    under process

104,980.15

133,315.53

343,599.68

2. Hectares covered by approved applications

4,538.88

2,170.82

6,709.7

     a. Registered

4,538.88

2,170.82

6,709.7

     b. For  Registration

0

 

 

3.  Hectares covered by expired tenements

     with application for renewal

 

 

2,338.1

Total Area Coverage

109,519.03

 135,486.35

350,309.38

Source of Basic Data: Mining Statistics Report, MGB XI

 

Table 48.                  Small-scale Mining and Quarrying Area (in hectares)
Compostela Valley, 2008

Municipality

No. of Permitees

Type

Total Area

Minahan Ng Bayan

SAG

ISAG

Earth-fill

SSMP

Declared

with Application

Pantukan

7

 

749.00

3.00

5.00

 

49.16

806.16

Maragusan

14

81.00

593.00

5.00

 

2.00

120.00

801.00

Monkayo

6

 

 

3.00

10.00

 

725.00

738.00

Nabunturan

4

425.00

 

1.00

5.00

 

20.00

451.00

Maco

6

165.75

162.00

8.00

 

 

 

335.75

New Bataan

3

 

263.00

1.00

10.00

 

 

274.00

Mabini

3

 

81.00

2.00

5.00

 

4.34

92.34

Compostela

10

 

 

4.00

25.00

 

20.00

49.00

Mawab

3

 

 

2.00

5.00

 

 

7.00

Laak

6

 

 

1.00

 

5.00

 

6.00

 Total

62

671.75

1848.00

30.00

65.00

7.00

938.50

3,560.25

Source: PAGRO-ENRD

          Available data for mineral production revealed that in 2007 Compostela Valley Province was able to produce a mineral resource production value of PhP 184.9 Million which accounted 50% to the total regional production value replacing Davao City as the number one contributor in the regional mining economy (see bar chart below).

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source of Basic Data: MGB XI

               The province had experienced downward trend production of all minerals from 2002 till 2006, however a huge increase was observed in 2007. The declining trend was due to the decrease production in Diwalwal, Monkayo brought about by some issues and conflicts that have continued as of this writing. The significant growth of mineral production value in 2007 was accounted to Apex Mining in Maco.

Gold resource topped among all minerals produced in the province. It contributed 95% to the total mineral production value of the province while sand and gravel and silver valued only at percentage shares of 3% and 2%, respectively.

Copper and silver are other metallic minerals abundant in the province. Although MGB has no record of copper production, some unregistered miners have started extracting and transporting copper ores. In 2008, the province started issuing Ore Transport Permit and recorded a total of 157 metric tons of copper ore valuing PhP 534,000.00 transported from the mining areas within the year. 

               There are 20 mining sites covering a total of 2,519.75 hectares operated by small-scale mining cooperatives, four of which are declared as “Minahan Ng Bayan” (Table 49). Members of these cooperatives are miners living within the mining zone depending on the meager income from indigenous mining operations. Three of these cooperatives are membered by indigenous peoples, hence applying for the Minahang Katutubo permit.

Table 49.         Name of Small Scale Mining Cooperatives/ Associations
                        Compostela Valley, 2009

Name of Cooperative

Mineral Resource

Location

Area (ha.)

Sitio/Barangay

Municipality

I. Declared “Minahan Ng Bayan”

 

 

 

 

1. Bagong Silang Small Scale Mining Coop

gold & copper

Bagong Silang & Tandik,

Maragusan

81

2. Panoraon, Small-Scale Mining Cooperative

gold, copper

Panoraon

Maco

81

3. Davao-ComVal Small Scale Mining Coop

gold

Lumanggang, New Leyte

Maco

84.75

4. Nabunturan Integrated Miners Coop

gold, copper

Inupuan, Mainit

Nabunturan

425

II. Proposed “Minahan Ng Bayan”

 

 

 

 

1. Upper Magangit Upland Farmers Producers Coop

gold, copper

Upper Magangit

New Bataan

20

2. Camanlangan Small Scale Miners Multi-purpose Cooperative

gold, copper

Camanlangan

New Bataan

20

3. Minahang Katutubo

Gold, copper

Sitio Uduan, Manurigao,

New Bataan

223

4. Biasong Small-Scale Mining Coop

gold, lead, copper

Biasong, Napnapan

Pantukan

81

5. Boringot Miners Multi-purpose Coop

gold, lead

Boringot, Napnapan

Pantukan

81

6. Mayantok Minahang Katutubo

gold

Boringot, Napnapan

Pantukan

162

7. Diat Small Scale Miners Coop

Gold, copper

Diat, Napnapan

Pantukan

81

8. Upper Gumayan Gold Miners Coop

Gold, copper

Kingking,

Pantukan

81

9. Lumanggang Integrated Small Scale Miners Association, Inc.

gold

Kingking

Pantukan

81

10. Gumayan Small Scale Miners & Ore Processors Association Incorporated

Gold,copper

Kingking

Pantukan

81

11. Panganason Small Scale Mining Coop

gold

Panganason, Kingking

Pantukan

81

12.  Anogkot Araibo Multi-Purpose Coop

Gold, copper

Araibo

Pantukan

20

13. New Barili Small Scale Miners Coop

gold

New Barili

Maco

81

14. Bunlang Small Scale Miners Association

gold

Bunlang , New Leyte

Maco

81

15. Mascareg Small Miners and Ore Processors Association

gold

Mascareg, Anitapan

Mabini

81

16. Minahang Katutubo ( Pyag-ubangan Association of Maragusan Tribal Elders)

Copper, gold

Cambagang

Maragusan

593

TOTAL

 

 

 

2,519.75

Source: PAGRO-ENRD, Compostela Valley

 

 


 

 
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