The members of Anislagan Bantay Kalikasan Task Force (ABAKATAF) of Barangay Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Norte, Phillippines installed a scarecrow as a symbol of community strong staunch against mining which threatens their farmlots.
Anislagan is an agricultural community of about 400 households or roughly 2,000 individuals. It supplies potable water to the whole town of Placer and irrigates the ricefields in nearby barangays.
ABAKATAF members who were mostly farmers initiated the installation of a huge scarecrow since November. Scarecrow is a common edifice in the ricefield to freighten crop destroying birds in the village but this time, the farmers construct a huge scarecrow to freighten one of the biggest mining company in the world.
Kalayaan Copper Gold Resources (KCGR) is a joint venture of Anglo-American Corporation, the world's second largest mining company and the Manila Mining Corporation ( MMC). Anglo is a subsidiary company of the London-based transnational Lepanto Mining firm.
KCGR was issued an Exploration Permit EP-XIII-014B last march 5, 2008 without community consultation and the Barangay council's endorsement. This exploration area covers 286.6 hectares in Brgy. Anislagan which is adjacent to the Boyongan project in Tubod, Surigao del Norte.
"Will show to the whole world that we are against Mining in our agricultural village. This is our source of livelihood in the community", Jesus Ormega, ABAKATAF President lamented.
Carl Cesar C. Rebuta
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center,Inc –
Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines
Cagayan de Oro Office