Apex Mining said about 32,000 kilograms of ore with visible gold were discovered during the first week of exploration at a new vein in its mining project at Davao del Norte.
The company said information from this activity will form the basis of further exploration drilling and feasibility studies in its project in Maco town.
The listed company told regulators that it entered into a contract with a cooperative composed of villagers and local government units to explore the new vein system called Sagaysagay, which was discovered by locals last year.
"On the cooperative's first week of operation it gathered 800 bags at 40 kilograms per bag of ore," Apex said.
Sagaysagay contains ores with visible "free-gold" which is expected to result in higher gold recovery.
Apex said there had earlier been an influx of small-scale mining activities at the Sagaysagay vein system without consent from the company.
Apex said it decided to stop the illegal mining activities without antagonizing the locals by entering into a service contract with the local cooperative with members from the indigenous peoples and 15 barangays in Maco.