Laguna Lake Communities Find Hope in DENR’s Bamboo Project

Laguna Lake Communities Find Hope in DENR’s Bamboo Project

RD Tanchuling discussing with

DENR CALABARZON Director Arsenio Tanchuling (2nd from left) and Laguna DENR-PENRO Eleazar Alaira (leftmost) presenting to DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio, Jr. (rightmost) and DENR Indigenous Peoples (IP) Desk Officer Junie Rodriguez (2nd from right) the bamboo products made by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI).

          Over 300 people from various agencies and sectors gathered for the launching of the bamboo project and Laguna Lake rehabilitation initiative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON, held April 26, 2017 in Barangay Looc, Calamba City, Laguna.

      The event commenced with a ceremonial planting of bamboo planting materials along the shoreline of Laguna Lake, led by DENR Undersecretary for Administration, Finance and Management Demetrio Ignacio, Jr.

         “Ang bamboo o kawayan po ay ang pangunahing tanim ng DENR sa ilalim ng National Greening Program. Iyan po ang focus ng DENR in the next six (6) years sa pamumuno ng ating mahal na Kalihim Regina Paz Lopez,” Undersecretary Ignacio informed the audience.

         He cited the significant effects of bamboo in the environment, such as: prevents soil erosion through its root system, lessens floods by its high water holding capacity, and mitigates climate change by its high carbon dioxide absorptive capacity.

         Also, he highlighted the role of bamboo in one of the main platforms of the DENR under the leadership of Secretary Lopez, that is, social justice. “Kami sa DENR, lahat ng ginagawa namin ay dapat para sa komunidad. Ang unang-unang magbebenepisyo ng programa namin ay dapat komunidad,” he said.

         Firstly, the communities will be given jobs through the establishment of bamboo plantations.

        Just this year, a number of local communities formed into respective People’s Organizations (POs), will be employed in the establishment of bamboo plantations within 2,000 hectares of land all over the region; 1,200 hectares of which will be established along Laguna Lake’s shoreline and tributaries. The DENR will be putting in about PhP 7-M solely for the establishment, maintenance and protection of the said species to be undertaken by the hired POs.

       “Maganda pong simulain ang pagtatanim ng bamboo, pero ang tanong po natin n’yan, ‘Ano po ang kasunod pagkatapos ng pagtatanim? D’yan po pumapasok ang tinatawag nating sustainable livelihood,” Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Assistant General Manager Generoso Dungo said, relaying the next step of the Department after bamboo plantation establishment.

       Bamboo has a great potential for livelihood development considering its vast uses -- from furniture to houses, paper to clothing, and many more. Through the years, it has been proven that bamboo is an effective alternative for wood. Added to that, it is fast growing and is easy to maintain, hence, supply will not be much of a problem once demand increases.

        In support to this, the University of the Philippines Los Baños – College of Forestry and Natural Resources through its Dean, Forester Willie Abasolo, said “kami po (ng Forest Products Research and Development Institute) ay nag-aaral kung paano mai-improve ang quality ng bamboo products para rin po sa mga proyektong ganito ito na siyang magiging panggagalingan ng livelihood ng community.”

        Chairs, tables and home decors made of bamboo were displayed during the event for the appreciation of the guests.

       Laguna Provincial Governor Ramil Hernandez, through the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PG-ENRO) Dulce Herbana, extended his deep gratitude for choosing the Laguna Lake for this huge endeavor, including his support to the said project knowing its important role in mitigating climate change and providing livelihood to local communities.

     “Ang hamon sa ating panahon ay hindi lamang kung paano natin maililigtas ang ating sarili. Ang hamon sa atin ay kung paano natin mapauunlad ang ating kabuhayan habang tinitiyak naman natin na mayroon pang aabuting kasaganahan ang susunod pa nating mga henerasyon. Kung tayo ay magtatanim ngayon, hindi lamang ito upang tayo ay may aanihin bukas, kundi upang ang mga susunod na salinlahi ay mayroon ding aanihin,” Governor Hernandez said in his message.

       Civil society organizations such as Calamba Multi-sectoral Council for Sustainable Development (CALAMBENO) and Serbisyong Tama-Kababaihan (STK), and other national government agencies and local government units imparted also their earnest thankfulness and support to the celebrated project of the DENR.

       “Nandoon po ang aming pag-asa, nandoon po ang pag-asa ng mga mamayan ng Barangay Looc at ng mga Barangay ng Calamba, sa isang maganda, malinis at maipagmamalaking lawa ng Laguna,” Barangay Looc Captain Christopher Natividad expressed.

         By 2017, bamboo plantation establishment will be conducted in 17 lakeshore municipalities and cities in Laguna. These are San Pedro City, Sta. Rosa City, Biñan City, Calamba City, Sta. Maria, Cavinti, Pangil, Calauan, Magdalena, Paete, Cabuyao City, Los Baños, Bay, Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan, Siniloan and Famy.




Outgoing Chief of Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Oliver B. Viado (most right) as he turns over the duties and responsibilities to the newly assigned In-Charge, PENRO Isidro L. Mercado (most left).

            “Success without succession is failure…the changes are for the better or improved delivery of services in our region.”
           Thus, said by the DENR CALBARZON Regional Director Sofio B. Quintana during the Turn-Over Ceremony of the Newly Appointed Officials at the Office of the Regional Director’s Conference Room, DENR IV-A, Halang, Calamba City, Laguna on April 16, 2018.
          Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Arturo E. Fadriquela, in his opening message, requested the outgoing officials for a smooth turn-over of responsibilities and accountabilities to the newly assigned officers for continuous delivery of services in the Region.
          Moreover, Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, told the DENR personnel that the reassignment of positions is for the betterment of the organization. He encouraged them to look at the changes on a bigger scope and said, “Don’t take your assignment lightly because any contribution kung saan ka man na-assign, that will be a significant contribution on a larger scale.”


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