MANILA, Philippines – At least 11 big mining corporations operate 15 mining areas in the entire province of Compostela Valley.
Based on 2009 data culled by www.bulatlat.com from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, 13 of the big mining tunnels are found in the town of Pantukan, site of a landslide on Thursday, January 5, that has killed at least 25 people and left about a hundred missing.
Pantukan was also a witness to a fatal landslide in April 2011, which killed about 30 people, according to reports.
The presence of the big mining companies is aside from the hundreds of small mining areas that are controlled and operated by small miners.The small-scale mining industry in the province has deadly landslides.
Among the biggest mining companies in Pantukan is Napnapan Mineral Resources, which is owned by the family of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno.
Listed as director of Napnapan is Puno’s younger brother, Regis V. Puno. – Rappler.com
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