Compostela Valley,

More than 150 minors, mostly from the indigenous community of Mandaya in Davao Oriental, are involved in dangerous mining work in Compostela Valley, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

These children—age 14 to 17 years old from Kagan Valley, the most inaccessible and poorest villages in Davao Oriental—work mostly as “packers” or gold ore porters. They carry ore gravel weighing 50 kilos or more from the tunnel entrance to the loading station, negotiating slippery and treacherous mountain trails in the process.
Others work as water porters and even as actual miners or “avanteros.”

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