At a time when several businesses are closing down and people are losing their jobs, certain industries thrive. One such industry is the mining industry. In Masbate, Filminera and Phil Gold have retained their more than 2,000 employees and contractors, 83% of which are from the local communities where they operate. A combined total of 116 employees have stayed in Filminera and PhilGold for more than ten years. Of these, 69 are employed with Filminera and 47 are employed with PhilGold. Some of these long-standing employees have come from Atlas Consolidated Mining & Development, the mining firm in Aroroy before Filminera took over the minesite.