DAVAO CITY March 18 (PIA)- A ground-breaking ceremony was held last March 15, 2016 in Barangay Katipunan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province for the Field-Testing of the Integrated Gold-Copper Mineral Processing Pilot Plant.
The event was attended by officials of the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley led by Vice-Governor Manuel Zamora and the Department of Science and Technology led by Undersecretary Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevarra and DOST-XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales.
The field-testing of the Gold-Copper Mineral Processing Plant introduces this mineral processing technology in the province, this method enhances the procedural mineral extraction techniques for gravity concentration, flotation, without the use of harmful chemicals with no cyanidation and amalgamation process of extracting gold and copper minerals.
It is also a safer process on gold processing, safeguarding the health and the environment within the community apart from economically benefiting the miners as it extracts double the amount of gold compared to the usual method and also extract copper in the same process.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by the provincial government and the DOST last October 5, 2015 in the provincial capitol of Compostela Valley to start the project.
“This project does not only add value on our metallic minerals. It also promotes sustainability of our small-scale miners which are slowly being eaten by big players. The Field-Testing project is a viable opportunity to be competitive especially to our local communities specifically Benguet, Bicol, Caraga and now in Comval,” Usec. Guevarra said during the ground-breaking.
Compostela is the fourth site to benefit from the technology. The project is the initiative of the University of the Philippines- Diliman- Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. (UP-Diliman-DMME).