The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is one of the cities in the region of Southeast Asia that is rapidly developing and is more and more like a real modern metropolis. However, this 12-million metropolitan city on the coast of the South China Sea has its own dark side.
Those who work, mostly depend on modest daily wages (about $ 9) doing jobs like port workers, tricycle drivers or street traders. However, the inhabitants of Ulingan settlements survive in even more difficult conditions by working an extremely difficult and unhealthy environment. In the cloud of dense black smoke, in improvised ovens they burning wood and making coal. Children in this vicious circle of energy poverty do not have elementary conditions to attend school. In addition to making coal, people from Ullingan do another very dangerous job. By burning secondary raw materials and computer components they search for precious metals, copper or silver. This smoke, toxic and almost intolerable to inhalation, seriously threatens to endanger the health of people forced to earn living on this way. As a result of this way of life and work, identified a number of types of diseases, including cholera, dysentery, typhoid, asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer.