Last October 29, 2010, Some of the Mindanao Blogger Summit participants join the free mining tour at TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc. (TVIRD) located at Sitio Canatuan, Barangay Tabayo, Municipality of Siocon, Province of Zamboanga del Norte, a four (4) hours travel from Zamboanga City. Leaving at city around 5:30 am and arriving the location around 9:30 am via van together with Mr. Ernie Rojo as their staff representative. This is actually my 1st time to go a tour on mining and knowing that TVI is an publicly-listed Canadian mining company focused on the exploration and production of precious and base metals from district scale large system, high margin projects.TVIRD’s Canatuan Mine began mining and milling operations producing gold and silver somewhere in 2004 and ended somewhere 2008, currently they began construction activities for its copper and zinc production.

The Sitio Canatuan, Barangay Tabayo, Municipality of Siocon, Province of Zamboanga del Norte is an Ancestral Domain of the Subanon Indigenous People. The ancestral domain of Apu Manglang sub-tribe of the Siocon Subanon indigenous people that covers 8,213.50 hectares. Arriving on the area, some staff of TVIRD welcome us and conduct a short orientation about the mining tour. After the orientation, our 1st visit is actually the indigenous people Subanon and they prepare us a welcome presentation then after lunch we visit their mining site including their plant. Below are some pictures taken during our tour.
Posted by RJ Ian S. Sevilla

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