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- The use of child labour in the Philippine’s Paracale, or ‘Goldtown’, is widespread
- Extracting gold involves diving into mud-filled shafts and using toxic mercury
- Poverty and lack of alternative jobs force people into this highly dangerous work
- Many die young due to work accidents or breathing problems, others develop chronic illness
The Philippines’ town of Paracale was dubbed “Goldtown” for its rich deposits of the precious metal. Despite government attempts to regulate mining, illegal pits are still commonplace. They lack even the most basic health and safety and workers are exposed to toxic mercury fumes. Dirty water causes skin diseases and they live with the constant threat of being buried alive. Workers continue to take these risks day after day, because there is no other source of income. Many of the gold miners are children whose families can’t afford to send them to school.
Some gold is panned on the surface, but a lot has to be extracted from underground. To do that, prospectors dive into narrow, mud-filled shafts, uses snorkelling masks and long tubes too breathe. If the mine collapses, they have no chance of escape. They have a saying here, ‘while you’re down the mine, you have one foot in the grave’. Several miners have already died that way, others from respiratory diseases caused by inhaling mercury fumes. The toxic metal is used in gold extraction with no safety precautions, so it poisons the air, the ground and the water, causing long-term harm to the whole community.
Another danger to the inhabitants of Paracale comes from disused mines, abandoned and left open, waiting for unsuspecting victims to fall in. The business takes its toll on workers, their families and the community. They have been known to demonstrate, demanding safer working conditions, better pay and other job opportunities, but change is slow. Meanwhile, extreme poverty among people who produce one of the world’s most precious metals leaves them no option but to continue with this pitiless occupation.
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Religion must play a large part in how a culture turns out. It must have something to do with the Roman Catholic Church that has made the Flipinos some of the most repulsive, repugnant, devious untrustworthy peoples in the whole of Asia.
Hello. It's amazing. I'm planning to go to this district in the Philippines. I would like to ask to you about contacts of person with whom you contacted in Paracale and who made arrangements for video shooting for you. I'm looking for that person and cannot find. If it's possible to share or send in private message the contact number that person who helped you I'll send you many thanks. Thank you in advande.
Next time your son/nephew/grandson/etc whines about some insignificant problem (most likely you not buying them some stupid shit marketed on tv or internet), show them this documentary.
Hats off to RT for this documentary.
If anyone is more concern with/to Mining;I am calling their Attention to Please Help Me with the REALITY of Making a Factual Laws which will Protect the Rights of the Youth,Small Scale-Surface Miners,Less Fortunate,Lesser Educational Attainment and to those who have "NO CAPITAL" at all than THEMSELVES!To make a REAL LAW which HELP these/those People Mentioned;as for their Benefits,Income Potential/Protection,Family Welfare,Steps and Procedure in Safety Mining,Taxation-as to Voluntary and Necessity/Required/Prescribed by Law,Shelter for Work Area/s,Tools and Equipment/s,Facilities for Making//Cooking,Technical Assistance/Professional Help/Services,Standardization for Selling/SALES & MARKETING-Raw Materials/ORE-Processed,etc.
These will HELP ME and YOU to Prosper along the WAY!And making the Whole World be MORE HELP FOR/TO EACH OTHER!
I am a professional at detecting precious metals deep underground and I think it may be interesting and fruitful to work in the Philippines, but I must say from a quarter of a century of experience in this detection field that it is far easier to find values then it is to get one's fair share successfully in any Country. Most people are not smart enough to preserve and respect the "golden goose that lays the golden eggs" so to speak, because their greed circumvents their intelligence and they are self bestowed limited from greater expansion.
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I don't know why it doesn't occur to people to simply grow food in the soil around their houses , everyone earns to feed themselves, if they have a self sustaining food source their lives would certainly get better ... growing food is always an option isn't it ?
Pls, close the small and large mining. Give precaution budget to find a job. What happen to goverment? Suffer and cronic deaseas is thier facing on mining. Goverment should take a step how thier situation in this debris situation. Sad guys
Close the mining even small or large scale of mining and give precaution in every life on came from gamble job. Stop the mining and replace the job with preferable budget for every captivated filipino came from debris. Poeple's right, goverment jobs affair. What happened to goverment?
I cried after watching this... I've been visiting PARACALE yearly for vacation... mdming magandang lugar na pwd putahan jan.. sana magfocus ung government nla s tourism... kesa sa buhis buhay n pagmimina... 😥😖😭
19:30 - 20:10 Sounds believable. So what she is saying is that she wants the gold miners to continue working under the exact same conditions except the buyer will be the goverment and not privately owned businesses, and that the government will give the gold miners better prices (believable!) and that the money earned from the bought gold will go back into supporting the community (totally believable!). Even a half-braindead person can see that what the government REALLY wants is to monopolize gold mining in the country to benefit only those at the top, while the rest keeps drowning and breathing in mercury.
I did this job 38 years ago (I was just 7 YO that period)
It’s really tough to live such kind of environment in fact I almost died, and After a year working there in Surigao mining I left for my education. Tell today I never forget those days.
it is always the breathing problems divers have in south east asia. u see how they put the un filtered air into the mouth? the compressor itself leaks compressor oil and the oil in the air causes breathing difficulties. pls use the filters (at least 3 in series) and food grade compressor oil people.
This Video just wants to make me buy more gold.... one of the reasons why its real money, there's not alot of it in the world and The mining process is life or death situation... that alone gives it extra ordinary value....pfttt forget about the bitcoin.. or crypto b.s.. gold is the real deal..
You could say the government should do this, should do that but reality is these people only want a job and theres very little to almost no innovation which doesn't create jobs and creates poverty, overall there is no investment in this country. I come from a very poor country and moved to the US and you can clearly see how everything is different here. So sad for my Filipino brothers but they choose to do this, being fearless is their only tool in that one thing they do.
In my experience with Filipino doctors (my wife is Filipina) almost all of them are nearly clueless in what they are doing. I'm very doubtful that the guy in the video was given the right medication or diagnosed properly.
Nakakalungkot kasi marami satin sa pilipinas nagrereklamo sa Hirap ng buhay nila pero di natin alam may mas mahirap pa satin pero malalakas ang loob pasukin ang mahirap na trabaho pra lang kumita at mabuhay😭😭😭haisttt...
I dont understand the Filipinos, white colonist have done nothing but harm to them yet they love them so much. While Chinese tries to invest in Philippines in infrastructure but they refuse and happy to work against fellow ASIANS who are willing to help. This is whats so fucked up about the Philippines, they cant reject their white masters and work with fellow Asians.
Kawawa sila, kasi karampot lang kita nila, kung alam nyo lang kung gaano yan kamahal per gramo dito sa Japan, and per gram iba parin kung ilang K(carat ng gold) iyan nakukuha nila, siguradong 24K, kapag natunaw at nabuo limpak ang presyo nyan.
Kung alam lang ng mga pobreng nagmimina kung magkano ang binayad ngining corporation sa local government para ma aproaved yan. Sa madaling salita binenta kayo mahihirap sa mining corporation mga boblaks
kung nagtanim.. may aanihin... bakit kailangan pang gawin yan kung pwede naman magtanim upang may kaka.inin. they choose to live like that.. sinisira nyo kalikasan nyan dahil sa paghukay sa lupa.. at naging malambot ang lupa sa ilalim... at mangyayari guguho ang lupa dyan o magkaroon ng earthquake. ganyan din nangyayari sa surigao... palaging may lindol dahil maring gold mining sa lugar. lumalabpt ang lupa... at nagkakaroon ng movement ang lupa sa ilalim.
shocking to see such harsh life condition...why govt. are not aware of the people..they have no sense of humanity...it is so painful to see children working in a mine instead of sending to school..just spoiling the future of child😞😞
This is how sick and diluted the human species is, praying to God before every dive for protection, but not realizing that there is no God because why would you be in such a fucked up situation in life. Wake up.
You want a perfect world? this is no fairy tale where everything is perfect. Read the bible first before you push that non sense childish argument, understand it first cause your thinking using your human brain.
that is the reason our lives, we live in many different places. if 1 to 2 year our lives in that places were leaving go in other places. and hoping there's different something happen good. so hard this kind of jobs. because i experienced this hard mining a gold. for cheap rice to buy. my comment need someone teach this people do not put all time for mining gold. maybe need to plant 1 to 2 hour vegetable. and offcoure learning something. to get more ideas so don;t stuck forever in that lifestyle.
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