TACLOBAN CITY: Almost four months since Super Typhoon Yolanda wrought havoc to Eastern Visayas, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) through partner organizations reported that some 40,000 fallen coconut trees have been cut and sliced and turned into coconut lumber.
These 40,000 equivalent to zome 40 million board feet has benefited some 7,000 coconut farmers under the agency’s shelter project, according to PCA regional manager Edilberto Nierva.
“The coco shelter program does not mean that we are constructing shelter to the farmers. We would like to assist them in producing lumber they can use in order to rebuild their houses,” he clarified.
Yolanda totally damaged some 13-million coconut trees in the region. Already, some 800 chainsaws have been delivered to assist in the salvaging of the fallen trees.
Technically, Nierva said that they need 24,000 units of chainsaws to cut all the fallen coconut trees. And it will take some 40 years before they can be totally disposed.
However, the number of units was reduced because they also consider what will be done to the chainsaws once the coconut trees are already disposed.
So instead, PCA will be procuring a mobile sawmill to complement the chainsaws.
”After slicing based on the desired length they will be turned over to the sawmill so they will be sliced to various dimensions,” he explained.
He was thankful to the International Organization for Migration that partnered with them in Eastern Samar and the Catholic Relief Services that helped them with the clearing operations in Palo, Leyte.
PCA now fast tracks the clearing and removal of coconut debris not only to pave the way for the cultivation of the area but to avoid the infestation of rhino beetles.