NARRA, Palawan — This town’s municipal government officials are warning slash-and-burn (kaingin) farmers in Barangay Dumagueña to stop stay away from the mountain area of Sitio Buong to prevent its destruction.
Narra tourism officer Sherwin Corpuz warned that the municipal government will not think twice about arresting anyone who will be discovered burning the forests.
He made the warning after discovering recently that more than a hectare of the mountain area has been affected by “kaingin”, also called fire-fallow cultivation, the practice of cutting and burning plants and trees to create a field for farming rice and other crops.
“Nagpalipad tayo ng drone noong January 23, at base sa ocular inspection natin, nadiskubre natin na maraming putol ng kahoy ang isinagawa at gagawing kaingin ito. Yong lugar na ito ay may potensyal sa tubig dahil malapit sa mga ilog ang ginawan ng pagpuputol,” Corpuz said.
“More or less one hectare ito at naturally growth forest ito. Hindi ito titulado May mga suspek na tayo at si DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) na ang gagawa ng paraan para masampahan sila ng kaso,” he added.
He said the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) has placed the area under monitoring following numerous reports of illegal tree cuttings.
Corpuz said some of the rivers in the area are the sources of water of the Narra water supply system.