the ISMM believes what native people say . the rampant of mining operation and cordillera region.
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The international solidarity mission on mining reported today of rampant contractualization, depressed wages and workers' rights violations in mining areas particularly in the Cordillera and Caraga regions. following a 4-day mission in mining areas in Cordillera and Carga regions, the ISMM said that mining companies do not only extract natural resources of the country but also gravely exploits filipino laborers with very low wages and rampant contractualization in mining companies. corporate greed, particularly in Lepanto mining consolidated corporation in Manyakan Benguet "exploits workers, militarizes communities , plunders resources, destroys the environment and livelihood of the people of Manyakan and nearby provinces." In Cordillera , the ISMM found out that Lepanto out its more that 1400 workers, majority (800) are contractual employees. the minimum wage in the region is also pegged at P255.00 which is barely half of the estimated P570 daily cost of living in the region. In the Caraga region, Philsaga and Medusa mining corporations in Agusan del sur reportedly employs only 700 regular worker out of its 4000 workforce. Large-scale mining companies reportedly "siphon off superprofits" earning as much as php36 million for a two-day work of skilled mine workers who receive as low as P233 daily wage. The international mission also observed that mining does not generate jobs as its contibution to job generation is hardly felt accounting only for 3% of Caraga's total employment. Workers rights to form unions are also gravely compromised because of the companies' use of "yellow unions" and maximazation of laws that run counter to workers' rights.
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