/ 6 August 2022

THE DAVAO Oriental State University will carry out regenerative mining in the province.

Dubbed the “Evaluation of Sediment and Water Quality of Silted River-Marine Systems in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental: Initial Step Towards Regenerative Mining,” the project will be implemented for nine months.

DorSU said that the study will assess the level of metal contamination in the marine and freshwater systems of the Mapagba, Pintatagan and Maputi Rivers in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

“By using indices like the enrichment factor, contamination factor, geoaccumulation index, and pollution load index, it aims to identify the spatial distribution of heavy metal concentrations in freshwater-marine systems, assess the impact of mining activities on the level of metal contamination, and inform stakeholders of the study’s findings,” it said.

The university said that the National Research Council of the Philippines approved a grant of P550,000 for the project.

The project is in line with the vision of the university for a regenerative future.

Project leaders will work with local communities, government organizations and private companies to create the regenerative mining framework for the province, DorSU added.