Mankayan Mayor Frenzel Ayong said the municipal government is urging the town’s pocket miners to venture into vegetable farming.
The Mountain Province politiko said the ban on pocket mining by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have negatively affected the livelihood of the town’s pocket miners.
Ayong said it will take a while for Minahang Bayan applications to be approved.
“We started talking with our pocket miners to venture in vegetable farming and other available sources of livelihood while awaiting for whatever the appropriate action of concerned government agencies on the status of the small-scale mining industry in various parts of the region,” he said.
“We sought their cooperation to the temporary stoppage of pocket mining operations so that it will not affect whatever decision that will be handed down by the authorities in the future,” Ayong added.