Benguet miner dies in gas poisoning

BENGUET, Philippines – A local miner succumbed following a gas poisoning incident in a mining site in Itogon town here.

Vice mayor Noel Ngolob identified the victim as Rocky Mendoza, a resident of Bakun town.

Ngolob said the victim collapsed at a mining tunnel in Birac village late Tuesday. He was immediately brought to a hospital in Baguio City, where he died early today.

The vice mayor said the incident prompted local officials to strictly enforce all safety measures in the economically-viable-but-hazardous industry.

“The gold miners are among several economically-efficient groups that help our economy. They deserve to be fully protected. We would further our vigilance to see to it that they are fully protected,” he said.


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