As a small-scale gold miner in the province of Surigao del Sur, Heneroso Lorono can often be found digging for gold in his tunnel. After having collected earth rich in gold, it’s extracted from it by the use of mercury. Whereas it seems to affect nature in a negative way, people’s lives on the other have improved in financial terms. Small-scale mining is very different though from large-scale mining. Without gold for example, Heneroso’s daughter wouldn’t be able to study. Gold mining is a very important part of the economy on the island of Mindanao and The Philippines as a whole.