Mayor Frenzel Ayong said he and other municipal officials support the efforts of the provincial government seeking to lift the ban on pocket mining in the province.
The Benguet politiko said lifting the ban will enable residents to recover from the negative impact to the coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic.
Ayong said COVID19 protocols will still be observed during mining operations.
Six low-land barangays in Mankayan are rich in minerals.
Pocket mining was banned in the region following the Itogon landslide that killed hundreds of pocket miners.