The DENR CENRO Calauag together with the ERDB Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) facilitated a 2-day training regarding bamboo propagation for the stakeholders of CENRO Calauag.
The said training constituted a lecture-discussion regarding the propagation of bamboo and an actual field training held in Villa Paraiso Hotel and Restaurant, Brgy. Sta. Maria Calauag Quezon and Brgy. San Diego, Tagkawayan Quezon, respectively.
The activity aims to strengthen the utilization of bamboo as a source of sustainable livelihood and to ensure biodiversity conservation. Likewise, the said training equipped the stakeholders with the knowledge and skills on the propagation and development of bamboo resources for their community.
The participants were among the People’s Organization (PO) namely MANOSIKAP Upland Farmer’s Association, Samahan ng mga Tenured Migrants ng Maulawin Protected Area (STMMPA), KASAMACA Farmer’s Association Inc., Sto. Niño Ilaya and San Francisco B. Farmer’s Association, Inc., San Quintin Multi-sectoral Organization; and MENR and MSWD Officers of various Municipalities in Quezon Province, including Alabat, Atimonan, Calauag, Guinayangan, Gumaca, Lopez, Perez, Plaridel, Quezon, and Tagkawayan.
The activity was given positive feedback by the various stakeholders, hence, signifying their support for the promotion, production, and utilization of bamboo and its resources. Further, proposed activities were laid out including follow-up training, awareness campaigns through the celebration of World Bamboo Day and Bamboo Month, and the establishment of bamboo nurseries in each respective municipality.
Bamboo belongs to the family of grasses, Gramineae or Poaceae. For ages, bamboo has been used for a lot of purposes. In the Philippines, they are used for construction, furniture and handicraft manufacture, farm and fishing implements, pulp and paper production, fuel, etc.
In May 2010, Executive Order 879 was issued by the Office of the President of the Republic creating the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) which mandates the use of 20% of bamboo for reforestation, 25% for the desk requirements of all public elementary and high schools in the country, strengthening of the bamboo industry and intensification of research on bamboo production and utilization. Said issuance demonstrates the importance the government places on bamboo for socio-economic development, environmental enhancement, and power generation.