Paracale is a municipality in Camarines, Norte, Philippines. It is known as Philippine “Goldtown” because it is rich in gold deposits. Extracting gold in this town still used the conventional and illegal way of diving into mud-filled shafts and hiring children to process or panning gold using mercury. The diving miners take 6 hours to tap and bag the rocks in the cold water.
KAMI spotted this video on RT Documentary page on Facebook.
- The video was about the dangerous and barbaric means of gold mining being performed in the town of Paracale, Camarines Norte in the Philippines.
- This documentary video showed and explained the most dangerous mining method which was the compressor gold mining in which the miner will dive 30 feet down a mud filled mine shaft using only a diving mask, ear plugs, and a hose clenched between the miner’s teeth to pump air. The danger was when the shaft collapses or the hose gets blocked, the miner will surely suffocate and when this happens, the hose is just cut off and the miner is just left underwater.
- The content of the video was very controversial with the surfacing issue of mining in the Philippines upon disqualification of DENR secretary. This video has reached more than 5.8 million views in less than two weeks of its upload.
Before diving 30-feet down, the miner has to put on his ear plugs and diving mask; and clench a hose into his teeth as his breathing apparatus.
Toxic Mercury is still used to process gold. Children are often the ones doing this.
The lowly pay of up to $5 for miner and double for divers is given at the end of the day.
Check out this KAMI story to know the full details of this documentary.