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More than 3K ha of bamboo plantation established in CAR

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Cordillera (DENR-CAR  has  established  a total of 3,212 hectares (ha) of bamboo plantation in the region from 2011-2022 under its  National Greening Program (NGP).

DENR - CAR Regional Director and Regional Bamboo Industry Development Council - CAR chairperson Engr. Ralph Pablo disclosed that of the 3,212 ha bamboo plantations, 1,409 ha or 44% of the regional accomplishment is located in Abra. These  have  provided employment to 12,584 individuals in the said province out of the 29,050 jobs generated regionwide through the community-based employment program of the NGP.

"We hope that these DENR-established bamboo plantations, and those that will still be established in the years to come as well as private initiatives will continue to support and meet the demands of our bamboo-based industries for the MSMEs that provide significant contribution to the regional economy,  and it will eventually address the lack of raw materials for bamboo processing factories and strengthen the Philippine bamboo industry," Pablo said.

DENR - CAR Regional Director and RBIDC chairperson Engr. Ralph Pablo during the 1st Regional Investment Forum for the Bamboo Industry in CAR on September 28, 2022.

He also challenged the local government unit of Abra to provide necessary support for the advancement of bamboo industry in the province.

"I also challenge the local government units of Abra, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry, to work for the provision of advanced technologies for the processing of bamboo to generate more jobs, and add value to the bamboo products," he said.

"The potential of bamboo as renewable energy is another breakthrough in the development and scientific cultivation of bamboo. This tallest grass is a green gold. It is renewable, carbon neutral, biodegradable, and sustainable," he added.

Pablo mentioned that bamboo is the most valuable non-timber forest product and environmentally sound. He said that based on research, bamboo produces 35% more oxygen, absorbs four times carbon dioxide compared to a young forest plantation, and it helps in minimizing landslide in strategic areas.

He also cited that based on the study of the DENR's research arm Ecosystems Management Development Bureau, bamboo species absorb heavy metals from the soil which makes it appropriate for rehabilitation of mined out areas.

Bamboo has also its unique and common uses such as food, vinegar, wine, medicine, cosmetics, perfume, jewelry, flute, basket, furniture, among others. (JDP/DEG-PIA CAR)

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