Volume 22 No. 2 – Bagalunga (Melia dubia cav.) a multipurpose tree species and Kalukoi (Ficus callosa Willd.)and Malambingan (Broussonetia luzonica[Blanco]) for Boat Making
This issue of RISE presents information on three forest tree species which do not only have potentials for environmental restoration but also provide livelihood opportunities for the people.
Bagalunga (Melia dubia Cav.) is an indigenous species which has diverse uses ranging from timber production to ecological rehabilitation/protection. It is also suitable for agroforestry. Trees can grow very fast, depending on the site condition, like in the Visayas where the species abounds.
Kalukoi (Ficus callosa) and malabingan or malambingan (Broussonetia luzonica) are fast-growing species. Both possess highly prized wood for dugout canoes or boats, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao. Kalukoi wood is light and resistant to marine borer, while malambingan is resistant to water. Planting of these species is recommended as a means of livelihood for coastal communities especially for people’s organizations under the Coastal Environment Program on Community-Based Forest Management Program of the DENR.
In Bohol, kalukoi timber from Surigao sells at P3,000 a piece. It is used mainly for boat making. Kalukoi wood can be harvested when it matures at 8-10 years. This can be shortened if appropriate silvicultural techniques are applied.
We hope that the information in this publication will serve as a guide for people interested in the establishment of plantation of the abovementioned tree species for economic and ecological reasons.