Covering 1,187.49 hectares of land on various areas of Western Visayas, more than 300,000 thousand bamboo propagules (plant buds, suckers, or spores) have been planted, an activity included in World Bamboo Day.
“We aim for the region to be the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines, thus, we support this activity,” said Livino Duran, regional executive director.
MANILA — With such an ambitious goal, all provincial offices of the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 backed the Bamboo Planting Activity as part of the World Bamboo Day 2021.
Themed “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan,” the region-wide celebration and planting activity also raises the awareness of the importance of promoting and conserving the bamboo industry.
Some 531 personnel from various Government agencies including academe and uniformed men, and LGU employees.
Awareness of the benefits of bamboo is being pushed in the World Bamboo Day. Its utilization, however, has been limited with the advent of modern construction materials, the manufacture of which have been found to contribute to pollution, greenhouse effect, and global warming.
Meanwhile, the World Bamboo Organization aims to elevate the potentials of bamboo as a sustainable construction material that will not contribute in harming the environment, and at best, protect the natural habitat flora and fauna.
“Bamboo is used for a variety of purpose, apart from helping combat the effects of climate change. And this product is widely used in our country, especially in our region,” said Duran.
Bamboo plantation is equally pursued as the national greening program, according to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, as it is known for its potential in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while at the same time producing oxygen. (RA/Headline PH)