National and local government agencies join hands to prevent and stop the cutting of Kaladis Narig (Vatica elliptica) trees found in Barangay Calades, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay Province due to its critically endangered status.
This as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX in efforts to conserve the remaining Kaladis narig species had a ceremonial unveiling of the signage for its protection at the entrance of the Municipal Hall of Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay Province just recently.
The event was graced by DENR IX Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, Zamboanga Sibugay 1st District Congressman Hon. Wilter “Sharky” Wee Palma, Provincial Board Member Jonathan Yambao, Alicia Mayor Remberto G. Sotto, Philippine National Police representatives, together with PENRO Zamboanga Sibugay & CENRO Imelda personnel.
In a message given by RED Rodriguez, she lauded the efforts of the barangay, municipality and the province on their actions in the protection and conservation of the remaining Kaladis narig. She added that the DENR will always be available for any support in the efforts of conservation and protection of this species.
Local officials and legislators expressed their support by passing ordinances that prohibits the cutting and/or destroying the remaining Kaladis Narig trees in the municipality.
Kaladis Narig is endemic to the Philippines and can only be found in the southern island of Mindanao, specifically in Barangay Calades in the Municipality of Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay.
It is one of the tropical hardwood listed as critically endangered on the list of threatened Philippine plants and was once considered extinct until its rediscovery in the said municipality by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).