April 23, 2012
In 1934, Batong Buhay’s gold mines in Kalinga were among the largest producers of gold and copper in the country. The golden opportunity attracted many residents from Batong Buhay, some of them even left their farms and switched to mining.
In 1984, the government and a private mining corporation ceased operations in Kalinga due to insurgency problems. Almost three decades later, residents continue to mine the abandoned tunnels. Armed with mining picks and hammers, Batong Buhay’s gold diggers dream of finding their pot of gold someday, risking their lives in the process.
Join Kara David as she looks into the lives of Batong Buhay miners. “Batong Buhay, Buwis Buhay” airs this Monday, April 23, 2012.