CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Feb. 17 (PIA)—In a move to conserve and protect the remaining forest cover here against destruction, the provincial government's Information, Education and Communication team recently initiated a caravan in some barangays identified as hotspots of deforestation.
Speaking before the residents of Jose Ancheta in Maddela, the first stop-over of the information caravan team, Gov. Junie Cua, who led the IEC team, urged the residents to stop slash and burn farming and start planting trees to rehabilitate the province's lost forest cover.
“The province is generally mountainous, with about 80 percent of the total land area covered by mountains and highlands. The forest land is 235,460 hectares. composed of second growth forest, sub-marginal forest and close canopy forest,” Cua said.
He added that the forest cover has been decreasing due to incorrect human activities such as kaingin, Illegal logging, charcoal making, among others.
To address the problems of the residents on where to get source of livelihood in lieu of the kaingin, which is the main source of their income, Cua said some livelihood programs and projects will be implemented through the Q-Life and the tourism office.
He added that the provincial government will replicate the Korean agro-forestry model with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, in response to the extensive deforestation.
A planning session participated by the barangay, municipal and provincial officials was also held after the information and dissemination activities.
The IEC team is also set to conduct the same activities at Don Mariano Perez, Ifugao Village and Baguio Village in Diffun; Alicia, Diodol, San Manuel, San Benigno, Nagabgaban in Aglipay; Tucod and Dingasan in Cabarroguis; Jose Ancheta, Villa Gracia, San Martin in Maddela; Disimungal, Anak, Wasid, San Pugo, Matmad, Keat, Gingin, Giayan and Mataddi in Nagtipunan. (ALM/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)