RT Doc visits Angeles City in the Philippines, an infamous and popular sex tourism destination. The city is home to many children conceived by foreign holiday makers who took what they wanted and left offspring in their wake.
Paracale in the Philippines’ is also known as “Goldtown”. RTD visits its illegal goldmines where child labour is rife and health and safety virtually non-existent. To extract gold, miners dive into a mud-filled shaft, sometimes never to come back.
Compressor mining is a highly dangerous activity in which miners dive 30 feet underwater using only a plastic tube to breathe. Some stuff their ears with cotton and wear masks to protect their eyes. When they reach the bottom of the pit they dig out the earth and place it into rice sacks, which are hoisted to the surface for sifting. Divers get paid twice the amount of other workers.
Explore the Philippines’ deadly underwater gold mines. Here, locals dive 30 feet deep into muddy water in the hope of finding gold so they can feed their families. Our crew visited the gold town of Paracale in the coastal province of Camarines Nortes to find out how it works.
Paracalenos celebrate their mayor’s birthday with a beach cleanup operation. Their hope is to attract more tourists in their quest to find alternative sources of income to gold mining. Mayor Lourdes Villamonte Briguera aka ‘Mayor Baby’ is urging other officials to help find a way out for her constituents who depend solely on the gold trade, be it legal or illegal.
The earth is panned for gold on the surface. The process involves rotating a pan until the gold sinks to the bottom – one of the cheapest and easiest ways of extracting gold. Kids often start work by helping out in the panning areas before moving on to diving.
Funeral procession in Jose Panganiban for a 33 year old miner who died from tuberculosis after decades of mercury inhalation and exposure to contaminated water and soil. His family knew his job was dangerous but it was the only way they could make money. They have friends who are ‘in the same boat, waiting for death’.