- Published: Friday, 26 April 2013 15:39
Kiwalan, one of the earliest settlements and oldest Local Government Units of Iligan City, is located in the north-east of the city. As of 2007 the population was reported as 6,968. The vast majority of Kiwalan is within the boundaries of Iligan Cement Corporation, which is now owned by La Farge Mining, a company based in France. This ownership, however, has changed hands a few times, having been owned previously by Blue Circle of England, and before that, by Alcantara Group, a Filipino company. The site has been the source of much derision in the barangay; concerns about irresponsible practices, as well as poor conditions for the workers, have been raised. Furthermore, there is a purok within the mine that has refused to sell to the mining company, inhabited by a Maranao family. Within the mine there are both Maranao and Visayan families working, and there have been issues raised between them as well. Kiwalan's industry can be attributed to its strategic location, as it sits on the coast of Mindanao, at the entrance to the city. Other note-worthy companies located in Kiwalan include Pilmico and Granex. The climate in Kiwalan is warm and humid, and there are regular afternoon rains, which vary from showers to torrential downpours, and can lead to landslides in the upper portion of the barangay, due to the extensive mining therein.