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Stiffer sanctions on SSM urged as 2 miners die of gas poisoning
by Dionisio Dennis, Jr.

The local government of Itogon, Benguet is eyeing the imposition of higher penalties on small-scale mining operators who allow their workers to enter the mine sites despite continuous rains.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said he will meet with the president of the Federation of Small Scale Mining Operators in Itogon to discuss the matter.

Palangdan’s plan came up after two pocket miners were found dead inside a small-scale mine due to gas poisoning late last month.

Chief Insp. Eugene Raymundo, Itogon chief of police, identified the victims as Fernando Anayasan, 24, a native of Bauko, Mountain Province and Marlo Dizon, 32, a resident of Tuba.

Earlier, the provincial government of Benguet and Itogon ordered a halt  in small-scale mines work due to the bad weather experienced recently.

Aside from the risk of landslide, gas poisoning is common during heavy rains.

The two miners were reportedly found dead about half a kilometer away from the entrance of the small-scale mining area around 3 p.m. on July 24.

They were declared dead on arrival at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Palangdan said the two entered the small-scale mining area in Adit Ud-uddan, Ampucao, Itogon around 9 a.m. that day.

At past noon, their companion, Dante Capulas, noticed that  the two were missing, prompting their co-workers to enter the dug hole to look for them.


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