November 22, 2016

Philippines rank 5th in Asia’s gold production industry

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    Ridaeni, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, was living in the village at the base of the mountain when the gold rush began. She claimed four mine shafts and pays miners a share to work them. She estimates that more than 1,000 miners work on the mountain. Of these, about 50 to 100 are children, she said. Many more children work in other parts of the park where the mining has spread. “A lot of children work here,” she said as she sat under a tarp near the opening of one of her mines. “Most of the kids are dropouts from school. Some start at age 5 pounding the rock with hammers, filling the bags and fetching water. It’s sad, but the parents come here for work. They travel as a family and work as a family.” Nearby, Yoyo, 10, and his friend, Duku, 8, hammer on rocks to break them up. The two barefoot boys are working in a 20-foot-deep hole with Yoyo’s mother, grandmother and half a dozen other family members. Duku’s parents work nearby. The boys load the broken rocks into bags and carry them to the surface. Yoyo’s mother, Hayati, 29, applauds her son’s efforts. “He loves to work here,” she said. Yoyo, wearing filthy matching yellow shorts and shirt, has never been to school. He can’t read. He has never used a computer. Hayati said she makes less than $5 a day and cannot afford books and shoes for him. But she said she is not concerned about his future. “It’s better to be with his family,” she said. Generic Info: For small-scale gold miners, separating gold from rock and sand is primitive, tedious and often dangerous work. Miners, including teenagers and children, are often exposed to mercury, which is used to separate gold particles from crushed rock and sludge. Mercury can be absorbed through the skin, ingested in food or water, or inhaled from vapors, is highly toxic. It can cause a host of physical problems, including nerve and brain damage. Even death. Runoff containing mercury pollutes the ground water and the

    The Philippines ranked fifth on the list of top gold-producing countries in Asia. China led this list, after its gold production rose from 12 tons in 2005 to 397 tons in 2013.

    In an article recently published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, China became the top producer of gold in 2012. Indonesia – the largest archipelago and home to the largest gold mine in the world, Grasberg Mine – followed China on the list, producing 134.3 metric tons of gold in 2015.

    Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, and Mongolia followed, joining the 6 Asian countries that produce 91% of the metal in the continent.

    India’s contribution when it comes to the production of gold is insignificant (0.5%), despite being the world’s biggest buyer of gold.

    Mine production, according to the survey, increased by just 1% in 2015, with gains from Indonesia and United States, overweighing the losses, especially in China.  This represents the seventh successful year of increasing mine supply.

     

    Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

    Photo was taken from Google Images. 

     

     

     

               
               
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