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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:03 pm 
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Rescue operations were nonstop since Sunday, but authorities had so far retrieved only 18 bodies from the abandoned mining site of Benguet Corporation in Barangay Ucab in Itogon. A landslide buried the bunkhouse-turned-church where small-scale miners and their families sought refuge as Typhoon Ompong battered northern Luzon on Saturday.

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Retrieval operations faced many challenges since heavy equipment could not be brought to the site, forcing rescuers to work manually. Rescuers were also unfamiliar with the structure of the bunkhouse and had to depend on locals to  work their way around the area.

There has been no sign of life but families continue to hope for good news. Authorities are also not giving up in finding survivors as soon as they can get access inside a previously closed mining tunnel.

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"I still believe na may makukuha pa kaming buhay. Kasi yan ang hope namin e. Hindi tayo pwedeng mag-give-up kasi once we lose that hope, bababa na din ang effort, eagerness mo magkuha," Army Disaster Response Unit Commander Lt. Col. Joel Sobrera said.

Itogon Mayor Vic Palangdan said the miners and their families declared the structure their evacuation site without the permission of the local government and disaster officials.

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"They were advised to move out because that is a hazardous area during typhoons, it might kill them and it really happened," he said on Monday.

Benguet Corporation said the small-scale miners have been illegally operating on their land. It said it has suspended its mining operations in the area in 1997.

"Their unregulated mining activities are without permission of the company... During the period of suspension, the Antamok (in Itogon) mines was gradually enroached by small-scale operations," it said in a statement.

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Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the catastrophic landslide was a "wake-up call," which is why he ordered the stoppage of all small-scale mining in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

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‘Paeng’ slows down; Northern Luzon to experience rain by Friday
By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ
INQUIRER.net / 01:25 PM September 25, 2018

Paeng was spotted 720 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), and packing maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 245 kph,

Northern Luzon will experience light to moderate rain starting Friday, Pagasa said.



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