• For the period October-December 2017, the production of rubber grew by 8.9 percent, from 126.94 thousand metric tons in same quarter of 2016 to 138.24 thousand metric tons this year. The growth in production resulted from:
o increase in number of tappable trees and more tapping activities due to high price and adequate rainfall in SOCCSKSARGEN (North Cotabato);
o more tapping activities due to less rainfall compared last year in Caraga (Agusan Sur); and
o increase in tapping activities due to more productive trees in Davao Region (Davao Sur, Davao City, Compostela Valley).
• The top-producing region during the period is Zamboanga Peninsula, with its production of 59.03 thousand metric tons accounting for 42.7 percent of the total rubber production of the country. SOCCSKSARGEN came in close with 41.8 percent contribution while ARMM had 6.7 percent share to the national production.