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The abandoned Mine/Mill site of Benguet Exploration, Inc. occupied by Camp 6 Explorer's Small Scale Mining Association, Inc. (CESSMAI) and residents in the area.


The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB CAR) monitored abandoned mines in the Region namely: Western Minolco Mining Co. in the Municipalities of Kibungan, Kapangan and Atok, Benguet, Philex Mining Corporation (Sto. Niño Mines formerly Baguio Gold Mining Company) in Ambassador Tublay, Benguet, Benguet Exploration, Inc. and Black Mountian, Inc. both in Camp 6, Camp 4, Tuba, Benguet. 

The team led by OIC, MSESDD Engr. Goerge Dean B. Baywong with Engrs. Virginia P. Briones, Edward M. Henry, Jr. and Christopher E. Sibayan conducted the activity on August 23-27, 2021 and September 7-8, 2021.  They were also joined by MGB-CAR Regional Director Fay W. Apil during said monitoring.

The team visited these sites to determine the status of the structures/facilities in the abandoned mines pursuant to the CY 2021 Work and Financial Plan of the Mine Rehabilitation Program (MRP) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).  Most have been long abandoned and have been occupied and utilized by residents to suit their purposes.


By: Edward M. Henry, Jr.,

Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division.

The abandoned open pit of Western Minolco Mining Co. which formed a pit lake with naturally grown vegetation.

The abandoned administrative office of Sto. Niño Mines occupied by residents in the area.

The abandoned Mine/Mill site of Black Mountain, Inc. occupied by Master Rock Aggregates (MRA), an Industrial Sand and Gravel (ISAG) permit holder, and residents in the area.