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.


Ants Dominate in DENR CALABARZON's Photo Contest on Biodiversity

Strength in Numbers

"Experts say if we were to weigh all the ants in the world, they would weigh as much as all of the people, so if ants be gone there will be a big imbalance in our ecosystem," Gerson Kim Penetrante, 26, from Taguig City described his photo entry titled "Strength in Numbers", which won first place in the Photo Contest on Biodiversity organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON.

The photo contest and exhibit held on May 22-23, 2018 in SM City Calamba, Calamba, Laguna was the Department's creative way of observing and conveying to the public the very essence of this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) themed "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity".


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