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Over 18,000 Pinoy kids work in mining, quarrying on job sites — ILO 09/29/2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Over 18,000 Pinoy kids work in mining, quarrying on job sites — ILO

09/29/2011
At least one million children in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia, including the Philippines, work in small-scale mining and quarrying operations, the International Labor Organization (ILO) reported.

In the Philippines alone, more than 18,000 children, aged 10 to 14, work in this hazardous environment, data from the National Statistics Office showed. Child labor in the country is common due to widespread poverty, obligating children to help support to their families to meet daily needs.

The ILO expressed alarm that child laborers’ continued exposure to dust and mercury-based chemicals in mines can cause serious brain damage. Child laborers in the mining industry also often are undersized as a result of carrying excessively heavy loads.

The ILO believes that child laborers in mining sites are likely to increase due to the higher prices and demand for minerals from countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and emerging economies..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune


URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110929nat3.html

1 comment

Jesusa Bernardo said...

kawawang mga kabataang pilipino. sa sobrang kahirapan ay pumapasok ng maaga sa trabaho, at trabahong masama sa kalusugan...habang ang mga hnyp na dilaw ay nagpapasasa ating ating yaman.

"The ILO expressed alarm that child laborers’ continued exposure to dust and mercury-based chemicals in mines can cause serious brain damage. Child laborers in the mining industry also often are undersized as a result of carrying excessively heavy loads."

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