15 Gold-Rich Provinces in the Philippines

The Philippines according to Forbes is second on the list of countries with the biggest untapped gold deposits behind Indonesia due to its geographical features.

But because mining in the Philippines contributes only less than 1% of the local economy while destroying thousands of hectares of land across the country, the government passed a stricter bill on mining.

For students and researchers alike, the following list of provinces where gold can be found can help you answer your assignment.

The list is the result of a continued USGS survey and many of these places have operating gold mines.

#1. Abra – Patok gold operations

#2. Bataan – Pantingan gold prospect

#3. Batangas – gold veins in Lobo town

Gold nugget

#4. Benguet – home of Benguet Corp. Benguet holds the biggest gold deposit in the country according to the United States Geological Survey, but some areas in Mindanao can give Benguet a run for its money.

#5. Bohol – gold prospect discovered din 1995 in Trinidad town

#6. Camarines Norte – gold placer at San Mauricio and Paracale towns. The Paracale gold rush is a popular occurrence until today as local people continue to operate small-scale mining operations.

#7. Compostela Valley – King-king Copper-Gold Project in the resource-rich

#8. Cebu – gold occurrence in Villarosa town

#9. Davao Occidental – Malita gold prospect

#10. General Santos City – gold placer at the T’Boli Gold Project

#11. Kalinga – Batong Buhay Gold Mines project

#12. Marinduque – Tapian Mine gold producer

#13. Negros Occidental – Sipalay mines with the gold rush in nearby Hinobaan town. The Hinobaan gold rush during the early ’70s made people from different parts of the country rush to the town of Hinobaan and started digging. Many locals made fortune by buying and selling gold.

#14. Surigao del Norte – Siana gold project

#15. Surigao del Sur – Lianga mines project

Other provinces that are rumored to have gold deposits but still unproven by experts are Capiz, Occidental, and Oriental Mindoro, Quezon Province, Albay, Sorsogon, Samar, Leyte, and the vast part of Central Mindanao.

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