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Philippine government bans mining on Tumbagan Island

  • January 14, 2021 12:44 PM AEDT
  • Team Kalkine

The Philippine government has banned all mining activities on the Tumbagan Island in southern Tawi-Tawi province, a nickel mining hub.

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  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has directed to stop all mining activities on the island to balance mining and rehabilitation activities.
  • The country’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau doesn’t have a hold on the region as it is a self-directed region.
  • The island's high-grade ore deposits are almost depleted, as claimed by one of the miners in 2019.
  • The low-grade Nickel ore from the island is used to produce pig iron.
  • The decision was taken as a step towards mine rehabilitation activities and will include afforestation programs.
  • The Philippines is the leading supplier of Nickel to China after Indonesia's ban on exports of unprocessed minerals at the start of 2020.


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