Oriental Mindoro attempts to massively propagate scented Ylang-Ylang flower
POSTED: Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
ROXAS, Oriental Mindoro – A local non-government organization, backed up by a non-profit private foundation, will be embarking on a massive planting or propagation of perfumed-smelling Ylang-Ylang flower in a small but progressive town in Oriental Mindoro province.
The program is designed not only to widely extract perfume from the said sweet-smelling flower but also to enhance its medicinal value, such as an immediate cure to heart and skin ailments.
This undertaking, which is initially to plant some 6,000 seedlings of Ylang-Ylang before the year ends inside a total of 22 hectares of sprawling mountainous land in the boundaries of Bongabong and Roxas municipalities, said province, was conceived by local agriculturist Celso “Bathala” Dimapilis, provincial president of local NGO named Sandugo, with the support of GMAC (Give More for Action and Charity) Foundation headed by Manny T. Mas, Jr.
According to Dimapilis, the identified 22 hectares of mountainous land which will be transformed into an Ylang-Ylang plantation traverses Brgy. Maraska in Roxas town and Brgy. Morente in Bongabong municipality. Roxas is known in Oriental Mindoro as a new progressive area which is Mindoro’s transit point to world-famous Boracay Island while Bongabong is a big rice-producing municipality south of the said province.
The two municipalities is rich in agricultural produce as palay or grains, bananas, coconut, rambutan, lansones, calamansi and other similar citrus fruits.
Aside from the usual caretakers and guards, Dimapilis said he is planning on constructing “firebreaks” with 10-meter distance encircling the plantation as precaution to “wildfires” normally happen there every year.
Ylang-Ylang, which has a botanic name of “cananga odorata var genuine,” is a flower known for its scented or natural perfumed smell which is distinct to other wildlife flowers. It can also be used as an aromatherapy that gives soothing and healing effect against heart and skin diseases. Said flower is a “native” plant in the Philippines and Indonesia, which normally grows to about 12 meters or about five meters each year. Aside from aromatherapy, its juice can be used as a main ingredient in making of perfume, cosmetics and lotion when extracted.
Reportedly, extracted perfumed juice of the said particular flower per liter amounts to about $4,000.
In its application for permit to DENR’s Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA), GMAC noted Ylang-Ylang trees will be planted in lieu of forest or timber trees in order to preserve the forest area to address the national government’s trust of employment generation, soil preservation, environmental protection and sustainable economic development.” (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)