Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya—Illegal tapping of resin from Pine trees in Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet and Mountain Province under the guise of an “experiment” has alarmed foresters.
The concern was triggered when Feliciano Jose, a senior official at the Forest Management Bureau stationed here, posted in social media a picture of a Pine tree with a deep V-shaped cut and a plastic collector tucked below it.
“What experiment? That is being done in Bukidnon where tons of resins have been exported,” Edgardo Cueto exclaimed when he saw the post.
“After consultation with stakeholders, we found out there is an existing provincewide ban [in Benguet] on [resin] tapping since the early 80’s. The application documents were returned to the proponents,” posted Donald Marcelino.
“Pine resin tapping in Mountain Province is rampant, allegedly operated by Chinese businessmen,” Dante Sana commented.
Jose took the photo on his regular visited to the upland town of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya where the vast Pine forest spanning the eastern side of the Cordillera start to extend west towards Benguet and up north towards Mountain Province. “There is also an application to tap Pine resin submitted to our office, that is why we conducted a visit,” he said.
Foresters also observed that clearing natural Pine forests for vegetable production in going on in areas covered by ancestral domain claim certificates or CADCs being issued by the National Commission on Indigenous People.