The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines stepped up its program on environment-friendly mining with the inauguration of the gold-copper processing plant in Itogon, Benguet.

DOST Secretary Mario Go Montejo led the inauguration that signaled the department’s seriousness in providing small-scale miners a vehicle for responsible mining activities without harming themselves and the environment with poisonous substances, such as cyanide and mercury.

He cited the importance of the plant for the extraction of “green” gold and copper through the technology developed with the assistance of DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).

The plant is located in Barangay (Village) Gumatdang, Itogon. Montejo, Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan and Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan jointly inaugurated the processing plant.

The governor said the processing plant is like shooting two birds with one stone because it protects the health of the miners and the environment.

DOST-PCIEERD funded the research and development of the green mining technology by the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Quezon City.

DOST is also establishing other gold and copper processing plants in other areas of the country, including in the Bicol Region and CARAGA Region in Mindanao.

The UP-Diliman’s team leader in the five-year development of the technology, Herman Mendoza, said at the inauguration they developed it to help small-scale miners as well as protect the enviroment.

He said the technology combines flotation and gravity concentration in processing gold and copper.

Source: Manila Bulletin - see full article