At the beginning of the 20th century, gold mining in the Philippines remained largely of the smallscale river panning method. The new Benguet company, which shortly took on the name of Benguet Consolidated Mining Company, was the first to introduce modern gold mining and processing techniques to the Philippines, ushering in a new industry.
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GOLD MINING IN BENGUET cans" were not subject to transfers at the whim of the colonial govern ment, they were more likely to settle permanently in one spot (Jenista 1987, 227). Proof of this is the number of Benguet families who carry American names such as
Benguet Corporation explores and mines gold, copper and chromite in the Philippines. The Company's business also includes water project, ecotourism, land development, and forest management.
It was like any other day for Mariano Waclin, a 60year old smallscale miner in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet in the Cordillera region. He got up in the cold morning, sipped his hot Barako coffee, and then started working inside a small tunnel where he spends most of his day, hoping to get as much gold from the ores he would collect.
The province of Benguet has always been associated with gold mining. In fact, Benguet Corporation is the oldest mining company in the Philippines. They do own Balatoc Mines, but it was only in 1997 when they started to open it for guided tours.