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.