The Importance of Non-wood Forest Products in the Household Economy of the Direct Users of Aborlan Guba System, Palawan Island, Philippines

Lita B Sopsop, Inocencio E Buot
Vol 14 No 2 (2011), pp. 50-59




An interview of the direct users of the forest ecosystem in Aborlan Guba System was conducted to determine their socioeconomic characteristics and to examine and understand the role of Non-wood forest products (NWFP) in their household economy.

The direct users of the forest were poor Indigenous Peoples and migrants from the Visayas region who were dependent on the NWFP as their immediate source of income; this is to support their basic needs and the education of their children. Harvesting practices by these local people were observed as non sustainable. If utilization practices continue unregulated, these resources are projected to become in danger. This will also endanger the life of the direct users, especially the Tagbanuas whose way of life is intimately connected with the Aborlan Guba System.

The local government unit of Aborlan and other organizations should help create employment opportunities for the local people and help strengthen the community’s farming system practices to increase their income. The people must be empowered to maximize their full potentials in exploring various livelihood opportunities without depleting the forest resources.


Keywords: Non-wood forest products, Aborlan Guba System, local people, non sustainable utilization

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