Issue of March 11, 2018
     
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Oleoresin tapping can prevent logging
KELVIN PALOMA, Baguio City

Poverty and lack of employment opportunities are recognized as the problems of about 18 million of the country’s population who are dependent on forestry for their livelihood. Majority of this population belongs to the indigenous cultural communities (ICCs). The government aims to provide social justice and improved well-being to these communities by mandating equity in the access and disposition of forest resources as veritable source of their livelihood. Moreover, it is believed that by addressing the needs of the forest communities, people will join hands to protect and manage the source of their livelihood.

Oleoresin tapping was introduced in the Cordillera as an alternative livelihood. The revitalization of oleoresin tapping will reduce illegal tree cutting/illegal logging and kaingin, which are among the activities that destroy the Benguet pine forest. The root cause of forest destruction is socio-economic. Residents in or near the forest clear some portions for food, shelter, and income.

Oleoresin tapping was introduced and considered as a means of providing employment to the people. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the local government units of Benguet and Mountain Province endorsed the project as a legal alternative source of income. This activity will serve as an income generating project for the locals, and it will also help every individual to protect and guard their area where tapping is conducted to avoid illegal logging and forest fires. The trained tappers are responsible in monitoring their area. They will serve as forest guards.

Despite all the damage done to the pine forests, recent developments suggest that it is not too late for the Benguet pine and the process to be reversed. The indigenous peoples/ICCs and the DENR can both reduce the risk of wildfire and improve the condition of remaining Benguet pine stands by implementing practices targeted at rebuilding the pine ecosystem.

By restoring the Benguet pine forests, one addresses the ecological and economical issues accompanying the decrease in pine presence. Restoration methods must address fire management to be successful. Because the intensity of forest fires is very dependent upon fuel characteristics such as composition, moisture level, and amount, fuel management presents a target for methods to abate fire losses.

We must know that the oleoresin tapping already has been experienced and supported by many countries in the world. In the end, we believe and hope that the Filipinos can realize the benefits could bring from resin industry. We must understand that the resin industry was the most ancient industry in the world. Our neighboring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India solved famine crisis of some people by producing resin.

As we all know, that there are many Filipino people still cut down the pine trees, they burned and saw pine trees into lumber. This is very regrettable; and we still need to worry about our living. So, what else makes us stop supporting resin industry today?

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