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Benguet- The newly elected mayor of Mankayan, Frenzel Ayong recently ordered a desk for the small-scale miners  to be put up in his office. The desk aims to help with the concerns and issues of pocket miners and to improve their status in the municipality as a union.

Mayor Ayong said that the small-scale mining industry is one of the  most undervalued industries in the locality. Thus, there is a need for a desk to attend to the the issues and concerns that confront the industry.   

In the past, pocket miners have been unfortunately used by politicians during elections as observed by the mayor who was born and raised in Mankayan.

"We should not look at our pocket miners as potential sources of votes during the election period but we should look at them as our able partners in the provision of employment and sources of livelihood that will translate to better economic activities in the municipality," he said.

The mayor  emphasized that a desk for pocket miners to be institutionalized in the local government will be a great help to ensure that all issues and concerns of the industry will be addressed. This way, concerned authorities can give appropriate attention and action to uplift the miners. Since 9 small-scale mining associations in the municipality decided to unite to have a stronger voice for the improvement of the industry, a desk for their organization is just appropriate.

The newly elected local chief executive Ayong, appreciated the good intentions of the newly formed union of the different small-scale mining associations in the municipality. Now the union has  a  good and solid position to voice their issues and concerns effectively and efficiently. One good example of this is the ongoing processing of the Minahang Bayan sites to be legalized as their source of livelihood.

As a recognition to the great contributions of the pocket mining industry to the economic growth of the municipality through the years, the mayor is providing a desk exclusively for the sector. The appointed desk will focus on every issue and concern affecting the sustainable advancement of the industry as a major source of the people's livelihood in different barangays.

He then asked the newly formed small-scale miners union to continually support the programs, projects and activities of the local and national governments. With their support and cooperation, the pocket mining sector will be able to regain its strength and get back in action   after the appropriate interventions were carried out.

Mankayan was recorded as one of the five first-class municipalities in Benguet. The major source of income is the  share from the national wealth taxes remitted by the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) including the  business and real property taxes being paid by the mining company to the local government.

Source: Herald Express

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The two chosen municipalities  will benefit from the DICT's program to improve the internet connectivity that encourage the  emergence of technology-based entrepreneurs and internet-based businesses as well as the improved transactions of the local government. 

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The honorable mayor of Mankayan, who just attended the DICT workshop in Clark, Pampanga  said that the training will prioritize the locals with disabilities, single parents and other marginalized groups although it will be open on a first come, first serve basis.

Ayong affirmed that appropriate screening will be done by the concerned offices of the municipal government so that appropriate guidance and training will be given to those who seriously want to commit in building and sustaining an online business or online jobs. 

He also mentioned that the municipality of Mankayan will work closely with the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company and the Far Southeast Goldfields Resources Inc. in the implementation of this program.  

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Moreover, Ayong imposed that the DICT  will do its part in coordinating with telecommunication companies to improve their internet signals so that online entrepreneurs can do their online jobs successfully and efficiently.

Resource || Herald Express

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