Sunday, December 05, 2021

Lauan, yakal trees abound in Biliran

Photo from DENR-Eastern Visayas

LAUAN and yakal trees have been growing abundantly in Biliran province, following the established seed source known as Individual Plus Trees (IPT) of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro).

“The presence of IPT project in the province is a living proof of our diverse forest resources,” said Berlina Corzon, forester and coordinator of National Greening Program (NGP) of Penro-Biliran.

“The establishment of IPT is intended for the production of quality seeds and seedlings as planting materials for plantation as well as for distribution to interested groups and individuals,” Corzon added.

The IPT in the province is dominated by lauan and yakal species with around 634 trees based on the recent validation by the personnel from the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-Coastal Resources and Ecotourism, Research, Development and Extension Center.

The 21.06-hectare IPT of Penro-Biliran is located in Sitio Palayan, Barangay Caucab, Almeria town.

The results identified by the validators include more than 1,000 potential plus trees, 65 species based on local names, 22 unknown species in terms of scientific and family names and 96 unidentified individual trees, according to the regional environment and natural resources office.

The enhanced NGP remains to be one of the priority programs of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The program seeks to rehabilitate denuded forest lands nationwide and to maintain and protect existing forests. (SunStar Philippines)


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