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Nueva Vizcaya dad defends ‘Kaingin’ system of IPs
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Board member Flodemonte Gerdan recently defended the ‘Kaingin’ or slash and burn system of farming among the indigenous people in the province.
Speaking during the Environmental Awareness Month celebration – driven Climate Change Symposium at the Department of Education (DEpEd) schools division office function room, he said not all of the ‘Kaingin’ system of farming among the tribes are destructive.
“Not all are destructive. Most of our fellow upland farmers who are adopting the ‘Kaingin’ farming system have observed an eco-friendly practice in such as way that trees are not totally burned but only branches are cut,” Gerdan said.
He said most of the IP’s practice put the importance on the prevention of erosion and landslide by the use of a traditional method.
Gerdan made the statement in reaction to an issue over the perennial siltation of rivers in the province which was blamed on the “Kaingin’ system of farming.
He however blamed the siltation of the province’s rivers on the loosening of soil due to the 1990 earthquake, illegal tree cutting and indiscriminate dumping of soil whenever there are road and bridge projects of the national as well as local government units concerned.
Gerdan cited the construction of the Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet Road and the on-going implementation of the Imugan, Sta. Fe – San Nicolas Pangasinan road project which contributed a lot to river siltation.
“Even the traditional flood control projects can no longer withstand the increasing siltation of our rivers. What we need is the proper and regular dredging of our rivers to prevent low-lying villages from being flooded especially during strong typhoons,” he said.#gbb