S&T – based technology provides support small Scale Mining in Benguet

ITOGON, Benguet, Mar. 10 (PIA) - - Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña  today led  the inauguration and official turn – over of  the integrated gold – copper mineral processing plant at barangay Gumatdang, here.


The  University of the Philippines – DOST Integrated Gold – Copper Mineral Processing Plant   is the initial field – testing of the UP-developed  technology  that  uses a non - cyanide and mercury gold extraction process which  aside from being a healthier and environment – friendly process,  can also increase the percentage of gold extraction from mineral ores.

Peña, with DOST – PCIEERD Director Dr. Carlos Primo David, DOST Cordillera Regional Director Victor Mariano, UP Diliman Chancellor representative Dr. Oscar Ferrer and Project Manager Herman Mendoza, along with the plant recipient Benguet Federation of Small Scale Miners headed by Engr. Lomino Kaniteng, Itogon Mayor Victor Palangdan and Benguet Provincial Administrator Noel Ngolob led the ribbon cutting and inauguration of the plant.

Peña, assisted by Mariano and Mendoza, also turned over the operations manual and ceremonial key to the BFSMMI represented by Kaniteng.

Peña, in his keynote message, affirmed the government’s support to small – scale mining and the mining industry which is why through the technology and the processing plant, they hope to provide better opportunities to the miners and at the same time promote a cleaner, healthier and high yielding gold extraction process.

He also assured that the government, through science and technology, will continue to support not only small scale miners but other livelihood undertaking in the province, through value adding of their product by infusing Science and technology.

The use of Science and Technology in bringing in socio – economic development and progress to all is part of the agenda of this administration… Using Science to work for the people, he stressed.

Kaniteng expressed the gratitude of the federation to UP and DOST, as well as all the partners and stakeholders for the project as it will benefit around 20,000 members.

He requested the DOST Secretary for another similar project to be put up in the northern part of Benguet, which Dela Peña gladly considered.

 Palangdan and Ngolob also expressed their gratitude for the project, in behalf of the people of Itogon and the Benguet province respectively as they outlined its importance to the livelihood of the people as mining is one of the major industries in the province. By: Carlito C. Dar  (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.