MGB-CAR Responds to Complaint Re: Ambalanga River Discoloration
Joint operation of MGB-CAR, PMRB-Benguet, and PNP on January 8, 2020 in Gumatdang, Itogon where they issued Stoppage Orders and conducted an inventory of small-scale mining processing plants in the area
On January 6, 2021, a concerned citizen reported via social media, that the Ambalanga River has once again turned unnaturally blue. A joint team composed of MGB – CAR, PMRB – Benguet, EMB – CAR, PNP, and LGUs was immediately dispatched to investigate and found out that mine tailings, coming from the processing plant of a small – scale miner in the area, were indiscriminately dumped into the Ambalanga River causing its discoloration.
On January 8, 2021, PMRB – Benguet issued a Stoppage Order to the miner, stopping him from conducting small – scale mining and mineral processing activities. He acknowledged it and volunteered to dismantle his processing plant.
MGB – CAR also conducted an inventory of all processing plants around the area, taking note of active and abandoned processing plants. The team met with Barangay officials and presented their findings and recommendations.
By: Stephen Joshua B. Blanco with Philip Carl B. Sagayo, Frenzel Thomas P. Paatan, Myla Jane P. Mangoltad & Dennis W. Os-osa
EMB-CAR personnel took water samples from the source of discoloration which shall be tested.