BANGUED, Abra (PIA) -- The Regional Bamboo Industry Development Council (RBIDC) conducted here on Wednesday the First Regional Investment Forum for the Bamboo Industry in Cordillera Administrative Region as part of the celebration of the First Philippine Bamboo Month this September.
Anchored on the theme, "Industriyang Kawayan, Para sa Paglago ng Ekonomiya at Kalikasan", the activity highlighted the potentials of bamboo in environment and economic sustainability.
It aims to reintroduce bamboo as a sustainable, highly renewable, and easy-to-grow plant that can help protect the environment and natural resources while becoming increasingly more valuable in the global economy.
"This is one industry that we direly wish to revive considering that this one is not only for economic development but it is our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals," said RBIDC Regional Executive Committee Chair and Department of Trade and Industry -CAR OIC Regional Director Juliet Lucas.
RBIDC Chairperson and Department of Environment and Natural Resources -CAR Regional Director Ralph Pablo said the forum also aims to restore and improve facilities, livelihood and living conditions, and organizational capacities of the communities affected by the July 27 Magnitude 7.0 Northwestern Luzon Earthquake and reduce disaster risks in accordance with the "building back better" principle.
"It also highlights the continuous initiative of the DENR in the rehabilitation and reforestation of our forest lands using appropriate species of trees and bamboos which offers variety of livelihood opportunities to farmers and micro small and medium enterprise, holders, owners, and stakeholders," Pablo added.
Among the topics discussed during the forum were the Cordillera Regional Development Plan, Strategic Investment Priorities Plan 2022, Regional MSME Development Situationer, and Directions and Priorities for the Bamboo Industry Cluster.
Abra Governor Dominic Valera, represented by Association of Barangay Captains Federation President Chavit Castro, extended his support to the bamboo industry as he encouraged the delivery of effective promotion and uphold the importance of the said industry.
Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology President Dr. Gregorio Turqueza also expressed that they are open to collaboration, partnership, and joint venture in the propagation of bamboo in the province emphasizing the importance of bamboo in economic development and in protecting the environment. (JDP/DEG-PIA CAR)