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OIC, RD Hernani G. Abdon led the dialogue with the identified small-scale miners operating within the Municipality of Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte in the morning of April 26, 2021. 

More than 300 participants identified doing small-scale mining activities were estimated to be in attendance held at the covered court of Barangay Libay, Sibutad ZdN, who were all attentive to the presentation of Engr. Ramil Mundo and Engr. Ventrick Ceazar Albano, who discussed RA 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995,  RA 7076 or the People's Samll-Scale Mining Law and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, DAO 2015-03, respectively.

This activity was conducted in order to address the prevailing issues of alleged illegal small-scale mining activities within the MPSA area of Philex Gold Phils. Inc .

In his message, RD Abdon reminded the operators that hydraulicking is illegal and that anyone caught using this kind of mining method shall be criminally liable.  He further emphasized that operators must cooperate and work hand in hand with the Government so that small-scale mining activities can be legalized and formalized.