AFP 2012-08-05 06:32:42
TO GO WITH Philippines-mining-gold-poverty-environment,FEATURE by Ted Aljibe
This photo taken on July 17, 2012 shows small-scale miner Reynaldo Elejorde (C) with his wife and son posing for a photo next to their mine tunnel (R) along a mountain slope at the mining village of Mt. Diwata in the Compostela Valley on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Philippine President Benigno Aquino announced mining reforms in July that his government said would better regulate a chaotic industry, improve environmental standards and deliver a bigger share of revenues to state coffers. Part of the planned reforms would ensure more strict government supervision of places such as Mount Diwata, a product of a unique Philippine law dating back decades that allows individual miners to set up their own operations. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
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