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Guina-ang tribe IPCC in Pasil receives official declaration of their 700-hectare ‘Minahang Bayan’


Pasil, Kalinga – Following the ceremonial turn over on February 16, the Guina-ang Tribe Indigenous People Cultural Community (GTIPCC) now holds the official document declaring their 700-hectare land in Barangays Bagtayan and Galdang as People’s Small-Scale Mining Area or ‘Minahang Bayan.’

The provincial government unit headed by Governor Ferdinand Tubban along with Executive Assistant Elizabeth Balais II and personnel of the Regional Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) handed over Resolution No. 01 series of 2022 to the tribe in Guina-ang.


It can be recalled that the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB), through said resolution, unanimously declared the ‘Minahang Bayan’ during their first quarter meeting held on January 20, 2022 at Las Vegas Hotel and Restaurant.

The declaration of ‘Minahang Bayan’ ensures the safety of workers, environmental protection, and collection of revenues due to the government.


Gracing the event, Mayor Alfredo ‘Chao-ig’ Malannag Jr. extended gratitude to Artemio Dalsen, being the proponent of the ‘Minahang Bayan.’ Malannag had been giving his all-out support for the measure, due to foreseen opportunities not only for the tribe, but to the province as a whole.


“With all things working together, the beginning has come. Join me in pushing our beloved town towards progress. Dakkel ti maitulong na daytoy para kadagiti trabaho a maited, oportunidad para progreso ken development... kasta met para ti local revenue ti LGU.

Agtitinnulong tayo tapno marugian ti mas napinpintas pay a panagbaliw ti lugar tayo,” the mayor said through his official Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Tubban shared the same sentiment, saying the ‘Minahang Bayan will open greater opportunities for the people and further progress to communities.’


The President of the Guina-ang tribe, Guilbert Agabas thanked Dalsen, the DENR and the local and provincial government for making their dream a reality.

An information education campaign (IEC) was conducted in the same event to explain necessary actions needed to be taken before the tribe start their mining operation.

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