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Tonyo and the rest of the 400 farmers engaged in vegetable farming along Iponan River have been fighting a losing battle since gold was found along its riverbanks years ago. “How can my vegetables grow well? The river is heavily silted,” Tonyo said in the vernacular.
The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Northern Mindanao has issued an order stopping all hydraulic mining along the river.
But the order remains unheeded. Local environmentalist said hydraulic mining goes on unabated along the river. They also said the gold has attracted foreign investors who use barges to dredge the river for gold.