ECR Minerals will carry out a second phase of drilling at the Itogon Gold Project following positive results of the initial phase. Planning for the second phase of drilling is under way utilizing 3D modelling of the first phase results.

Itogon is an advanced exploration project located in a gold and copper mining district on the island of Luzon in the north of the Philippines. Highlights of the recently completed first phase include a mineralized interval of 18 metres from surface @ 17.14 grams/tonne gold, including 2 metres @ 119.53 grams/tonne.

Other exploration activities ongoing during July include surface and underground channel sampling, the main objective of which is to confirm extensions of the epithermal gold mineralization in the main prospect area at Itogon laterally and to the southeast of the most south-easterly first phase ECR drill holes. More than 100 samples have been sent to an accredited independent laboratory for analysis, with assay results expected this month.

ECR is also undertaking underground channel sampling within small-scale workings and is dewatering an adit at the south-eastern end of the main prospect area to allow access for mapping and sampling.

Profile surveying is being carried out to generate data for a digital elevation model of the main prospect area while first pass mapping and sampling has been carried out at a separate area of quartz veining and small-scale underground workings identified to the west of the main prospect area.

ECR’s chief executive officer Stephen Clayson says, “As planning of the next phase of drilling for the Itogon project takes place other exploration activities are continuing and will generate valuable additional data. The next phase of drilling, like the activities now taking place, will be designed to continue our evaluation of the project’s economic potential in a cost effective manner.”

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