Special Features THE Philippines is the fifth most mineral-rich country in the world for gold, nickel, copper, and chromite. It is home to the largest copper-gold deposit in the world. About 30 million hectares of land areas in the Philippines is deemed as possible areas for metallic minerals. According to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau MGBabout nine million hectares of land areas is identified as having high mineral potential.
The Philippines metal deposit is estimated at How mining in the Philippines started When the Philippines inhabited by pre-colonial settlers 67, years ago, the traditional place and lode mining were part of the activities of the natives. This was the time of Negrito tribes. Raw gold was a commodity that was sold or bartered to these trading partners. The Spanish colonizers were not able to turn mining into an industry due to the fierce resistance they encountered from the Ygorotes of the Gran Cordillera Central.
Ina Royal Decree was issued creating the Inspeccion General de Manila with the stated purpose of administering to all the mining activities in the colony. Inthe Lepanto Mine was opened and marked the first full scale mining operation that produced gold and copper. Mining site rehabilitation The Philippine Mining Bureau was set up in to process and administer claims and all related transactions pertaining to mining.
The Benguet Mine was opened in It was the first modern gold mine in the Philippines. Seventeen other mining companies followed suit in Baguio and Benguet. Commercial mining was born in the Philippines. The boom years of the Philippine mining industry was the pre-war period.