Small Scale Gold Mining in The Philippines

(Photo by Luc Forsyth/Getty Images)

By WKBW on October 26, 2018

PINUT-AN, PHILIPPINES – APRIL 23: Mine owner Gil Mercado, 70, heats a lump of gold using a blowtorch on April 23, 2014 in Pinut-An, Philippines. All excess water must be evaporated so the gold can be accurately weighed, on April 23, 2014 in Pinut-An, Philippines. Gold mining is the primary source of income for residents of Pinut-An, surpassing fishing as the leading form of employment. An average gold miner earns roughly $180 per month for working seven days a week, while the mine owner can expect to earn up to ten times that amount. Once the gold has been harvested and milled, it is delivered to buyers on the neighbouring island of Mindanao before being sold overseas or in Manila’s gold markets. (Photo by Luc Forsyth/Getty Images)

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