Charcoal production regulation up in Cotabato province
Koronadal City (28 October) -- Cotabato provincial legislators are pushing for the regulation of charcoal production in second reading during its 113th regular session.
The ordinance was introduced by North Cotabato 2nd District Board Member Van Cadungon, Sangguniang Panlalawigan's committee chair of environment and natural resources.
Cadungon said the proposed measure does not mean the scrapping of the local charcoal business or curtailing the use of charcoal for household consumption as an alternative for petroleum products but to prevent the production of charcoal in a large scale for commercial and industrial purposes in the entire province.
"My committee has been receiving complaints from the different municipalities that charcoal production is seemingly proliferating in the different areas which apparently is becoming a lucrative business," Cadungon said.
He said several loads of charcoals are transported daily and these are no longer drawn by animal carts. And these are transported to the neighboring provinces.
Charcoal producers usually cut trees like ipil-ipil, mahogany, gemelina, madre de kakaw, and even other wood specie for burning to produce charcoal, thus, causing imminent danger to watersheds and forest reserves and ultimately affect the integrity of the environment.
"Charcoal production is a good source of livelihood for some of our constituents, but we cannot deny its adverse effect to our environment caused by massive cutting of trees," said Cadungon. (PIA12-aca) [top]