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Small-scale miners in South Cotabato took the initiative of uniting and pooling resources on May 9, 2020 in aiding the affected families during the imposed Community Quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic in T’Boli, South Cotabato.

 Josephine J. Balonga, the small-scale miner’s federation president, supervised the bayanihan activity of the small-scale miners from the Desawo Intergrated Small Scale Mining Association Incorporated (DISMAII), Pag-asa Ballmillers Association, Lugan III Rodmill Operators Association, JB Gold Processing Plant and BEBS Gold Service, including Maguan Clan Small-Scale Mining Association. Inc. (MCCSMAI),

The members pooled cash donations to provide sacks of rice and food packs for the host community. The food assistance was turned over to the Municipal Government Unit of Tboli for distribution. (Photo Courtesy: MCCSMAI)