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An appeal to CEPMO and DENR in handling beetle-infested trees
RUTH ALCANTARA, Baguio City

A round of “sanitation cutting” at the park circle in Bayan Park, Aurora Hill was done by the City Environment and Parks Management Office last month for pine stands that have been dead for about two to four years due to the tree beetles ips calligraphus.

While it is a welcome and long-awaited action from Cepmo, it is worrisome that the cutting does not follow the  proper procedure to prevent the infestation from spreading. After cutting the dead trees, the trunks, branches, and bark were just left there while the rest were scattered, exposing the healthy trees in the park to the risk of a beetle invasion.

The beetles are in the bark and outer surface of the trunk. Thus, infested trees should be removed and the bark gathered and taken away – incinerated, if possible – since this infestation is extremely contagious, according to technical experts of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The stumps should also be painted with tar to stop the continued breeding of beetles.

We understand it is not the tree-cutters’ task. They can say, “Saan mi mga biang dayta.” True, but can Cepmo and DENR talk and  decide who should oversee this so that specific procedures can be imposed in handling infested trees? Orientation about these beetles may be necessary for a sanitation crew. The WWRRC (with telephone number 447-2541) can provide useful information.

There will probably be a question about whose office should pay for a crew that will gather or strip the bark to secure, transport, and dispose these properly and do other related tasks each time cutting is done. And, how to best dispose? But these are not difficult to resolve. The attitude should be biang tayo amin daytoy and all possible solutions should be explored.

Hundreds of trees are lost each year to beetle infestation. We should not underestimate the destructiveness of these beetles. The number of dead and infected trees in just one small park is proof enough just how contagious and deadly these beetles are. Establishing and following standard procedures is our best assurance that the infestation does not spread further by recklessness during sanitation cutting. We have less and less pine trees each year. Let us do our best to protect the remaining few.

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