Members of the investigation team check the shaft found within the compound.
A joint task force of personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-CAR) and Tuba Municipal Police Station (MPS) discovered an illegal treasure hunting activity in the Samonte Compound of Lower Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet, on January 20, 2021.
An inspection team was dispatched after a letter received by DENR-CAR where neighbors complained of the abnormal digging and drilling activities in the said compound.
The team served a Stoppage Order to Mr. Noli Samonte, the owner of the property since he was not able to produce permits for his treasure hunting activity.
The National Museum of the Philippines regulates treasure hunting activities in public or private lands as well as the disposition of recovered hidden treasures or things of value. The regulation is by virtue of Republic Act 4846 as amended by Presidential Decree 374, otherwise known as Cultural Properties Preservation and Protection Act.
Excavated shaft in the compound with a depth of around 70 feet.
with Philip Carl Sagayo and Dennis Os-osa