Caraballo mountains eyed for massive reforestation

August 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
SAN QUINTIN- A part of the Caraballo mountain range, which is within the political jurisdiction of this town is being eyed for massive reforestation activities to preserve its grandeur.
This was learned from Mayor Cecil P. Tiu, who, together with his Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC) and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted recently an areal survey to determine extent of areas to be reforested.
Choppers for the aerial inspection were through the assistance of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

“We have already identified potential areas to be reforested. The damaged has been enormous due to illegal logging and “kaingin”,” said Mayor Tiu.
“Kaingin” is the traditional method of clearing forest areas by burning. This method is destructive, according to DENR, because even second growth forest trees, including the habitats of wildlife species, are destroyed.
DENR also said frequent burning and cutting of trees reduce oxygen level, induce soil erosion resulting in flashfloods and also reduce and destroy watershed areas, which are sources of water supply.
“ It’s now the time to act. We have to protect and preserve this part of the Caraballo Mountain as it will benefit our townspeople and the next generations,” explained Mayor Tiu.
He said with this development, the local officials of the town is also optimistic that the Dipalo River can be turned into a tourist spot to lure both local and foreign tourists to come to the area.
“ Dipalo River has great potential to be a tourist spot in this time. If it will materialize, this will provide livelihood opportunities to our townspeople including those of the neighboring municipalities. It will also increase the income of the town,” Mayor Tiu said.

With this in the drawing plan, Mayor Tiu said there are already positive reactions coming from the people including higher government officials.

“Our vision is to restore the grandeur and glory of the Dipalo River which has been the melting pot of the early settlers of the town,” said Mayor Tiu.

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