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Underground struggles: improving working conditions in artisanal and small-scale gold mining: lessons from Mindanao, Philippines

Eugenia Robles Mengoa, Sara Geenen, Boris Verbrugge, Beverly Besmanos and Rafael López Valverde

No 46, IOB Analyses & Policy Briefs from Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB)

Abstract: In 2019, the InForMining project of the Institute of Development Policy (IOB, University of Antwerp, Belgium) carried out a survey in three artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) areas in the Philippine region of Mindanao (provinces of Agusan del Sur, South Cotabato, and Davao de Oro). The objective of this survey was to understand the profile of the informal miner and the work he/she performs from his/her own experience. In this sense, we were able to gather data that allowed us to identify important challenges faced by the three mining provinces, which are analyzed in this policy brief. This document suggests some recommendations for sustainable solutions, that were validated and adjusted by the communities themselves.

Keywords: Philippines; mining; working conditions; Mindanao; gold mining (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 5 pages
Date: 2022-08
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