THE Environment department has urged mining companies in the Caraga Region to allot more resources in promoting sustainable and resilient communities.
“I urge the mining sector in this region to keep on investing in its role as a catalyst for economical sustainability and environmentally resilient communities,” Environment Assistant Regional Director Ben Ali Decampong said at a mining symposium in Surigao City last week.
The Caraga Region hosts a chunk of mining companies in the Philippines since it is rich in minerals such as gold, silver, copper, nickel, iron, chromite, iron and limestone.
Of the 50 metallic mines in the Philippines, 25 operate in the region, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau,
One of two nickel processing plants and one of two gold processing plants in the country are in Caraga.
At the symposium, the Chamber of Mines in Caraga said mining companies should be more involved in helping promote and develop communities and the economy as a whole. — Vincent Mariel Galang