PHILEX PUSHES ITS ENTRY INTO ANISLAGAN
In December 11, 2009, the Asst. Mgr. for Environment of Philex Mining/ Silangan Mindanao Mining Company (SMMC), MR. EUFRONIO A. ORTIZ, JR., wrote to the Bgy. Capt. Manuel Tejada of their intention to make a Livelihood Training Center within the 1 hectare land they purchased within the barangay.
The Barangay Council provided a venue to hear their planned project in a barangay session. It also informed the company officials that the barangay have standing resolutions pertaining to mining, and ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES RELATED THERETO, because of its being a critical watershed area, and that the people do not want such projects within their locality.
In Jan. 9, 2010, the company nevertheless pursued its way, and planned to celebrate its inaugration party in the area. But its attempt was foiled when the residents blocked it entry by establishing the roadblock. women, children and the elderly led the picket against the convoy of company's vehicles.
Not accepting their defeat, they will attempt again to gain entry, pushing its way despite the locale's strong opposition.
The Sangguniang Bayan of Placer recently issued a Resolution supporting the local measures of Bgy. Anislagan prohibiting any mining project within the barangay.
Philex is conducting mining operations affecting Bgy. Anislagan. the livelihood project is an attempt of the company to win the sentiments of the people to their mining project.