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.