The representative of indigenous communities in the Provincial Board has asked provincial government to work closely with indigenous communities in propagating almaciga trees and rattan in ancestral domain areas which are major non-timber livelihood sources in their areas.
Provincial IP Representative Joel Lumis Jr. said the government’s assistance will help IP communities improve the management of almaciga trees and rattan, noting their rapid deterioration because of gathering practices of lowlanders and non IP farmers.
“Malakas ang kabuhayan sa pagkukuha ng almaciga at rattan. May reforestation pero ilan-ilan lang, kaya gusto namin sana lahat ng under sa domain mataniman nito dahil dagdag ito kabuhayan at para mapangalagaan din natin ang mga kabundukan”, Lumis said.
Lumis observed that the factor of population growth has put pressure on the forest resources and resulted in the decline of the IP’s capacity to sustain their traditional methods of harvesting non-timber forest products.
He added that they observed that the practices of gathering almaciga and rattan of non-IPs are destructive resulting to poor quality of production and also cause damage with negative implication in the market of non-timber forest products.
“Ang tanong kasi kung may nagtatanim ba ulit? Yung rattan naman kahit nabuhay sya na natural lang dapat alagaan din natin sa pamamagitan naman ng pagtatanim ulit para mas dumami ganoon doon ang almaciga,” he added.