By Caroline J. Howard, ANC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is expected to submit to the Office of the President on Tuesday, proposals to tighten regulations on small-scale mining in the country.
The DENR has been tasked to review mining policy in the country on the heels of the landslide that left several people dead and over a dozen others missing in Sitio Panganason, Barangay King-King, Pantukan Compostela Valley.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the death toll stood at 10, with two more bodies recovered.
The discovery came just as retrieval operations were suspended to make way for the evacuation of nearby residents amid the threat of more landslides.
Authorities hoped to complete evacuation efforts of residents in the area at 5 p.m.
Residents agreed to voluntary evacuate after they were advised about the urgency of leaving the landslide-prone area.
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