The Batak tribe, a community of Indigenous Peoples in the northern part of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, Philippines, is heavily dependent on harvesting honey from the mountain. It is the livelihood they learned from their forefathers and have continuously practiced for decades.

Not until Typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette) came in December 2021 and brought massive destruction to some areas in the province including their place in Sitio Kalakwasan in Tanabag village.

After over a year, the community has not yet found any honeybees that could produce the honey.

Now they ask, where have all the honeybees gone?

About the author of this article
Rachel Ganancial

Rachel is a journalist in Palawan, which is known as the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier”. She wants to create stories on the experience of the province after devastating typhoons which resulted in an underestimation of the possible effect of Typhoon Rai in December 2021.

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