Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan on September 19 said the municipality will transition from mining to agriculture as the town’s primary means of livelihood.
The Benguet politiko made the announcement following the dozens of deaths during the landslide in Barangay Ucab.
Following the landslide, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the end of small-scale mining activities in Itogon.
Palangdan said more than 50% in the municipality are miners.
“We are going to agro-tourism projects, as stated by our President that we should go agro-tourism,” he said.
Palangdan is hopeful that Itogon will not depend on mining in five years.
He also said he is looking into coffee farming as an alternative livelihood for residents.
“So that’s it, we are introducing, little by little, the people will forget mining. Because mining is only a temporary source of income,” Palangdan added.