CENR Officer Lupo T. Telan led the celebration of this year’s World Bamboo Day in CENRO Real, Quezon with the theme : “Pamanang Kawayan: Luntiang Gintong Kagubatan.
A total of two hundred (200) pieces of bamboo culms were planted by CENRO Real personnel in the 275-hectare established forest park and arboretum site in Barangay Maragondon Real, Quezon. This project, which is an initiative of CENRO Real, Quezon shall also be made into a bamboosetum. An arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are grown in order to be studied or seen by the public. The idea of introducing a “bamboosetum” is to plant all the species of bamboos within the area of the arboretum.
The bamboo planting activity started with an information, education and communication campaign (IEC) to promote awareness on the importance of planting bamboo. CENRO Telan highlighted the potential of bamboo as a fast growing species with its ability to stabilize soils against erosion. It also emphasized the advocacy of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu to rehabilitate degraded forestlands using bamboos. Bamboo is now considered globally as one of the most vital resources in mitigating climate change.
Safety measures in conducting this activity such as wearing of face masks and observing physical distancing were strictly followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.