sec cimatu itogon


DENR Secretary Cimatu shares a significant moment with the department’s regional leaders during his visit at the Balatoc office of the Benguet Corporation in Itogon, Benguet on February 15, 2018, a day after he formally launched the National Task Force-Mining Challenge in DENR, Pacdal. He commented “I think we have achieved something significant today”, after a healthy discussion on the small scale mining situation in the Cordillera, particularly in Itogon. He relayed his apprehension on the declaration of Minahang Bayan because of his belief that small scale mining operations finance rebel activities; after his visit at the small scale mines and the discussion with Benguet Corp's representative, these apprehensions have been allayed and the Secretary now looks at the declaration of a Minahang Bayan soon.