December 2, 2022

The Regional Bamboo Industry Development Council (RBIDC) is continuously promoting bamboo as a sustainable resource.
The RBIDC held the Green Gold Talk as a culminating activity of the Philippine Bamboo Month, one of the strategic platforms to highlight opportunities the bamboo industry offers in both environmental and economic sustainability.
The activity reintroduces bamboo as a sustainable, highly renewable, and easy to grow plant that can help in the protection of the environment and natural resources while becoming increasingly more valuable in the global economy.
In the message of Department of Environment and Natural Rersources -Cordillera Director and Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo delivered by Marilyn Malecdan, he emphasized anew that bamboo is a very important commodity intertwined with the environment, economy, and culture.
He assured the support of the DENR to the continuous quest for developing plantations to support the bamboo industry.
“Let us put our acts together to educate and inspire our partners to avail of the opportunities created for the green gold in bamboos,” he said.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Cordillera offered its help in professionalizing bamboo workers in the region paving the development of assessment center capacity in the region in sectors particularly bamboo.
Department of Science and Technology -Cordillera Assistant Regional Director for Field Operation Services Angel Maguen also encouraged stakeholders to engage in the bamboo industry.
“Bamboo technology is a sustainable source of income. So, let us encourage our micro, small, and medium enterprises to plant bamboo to sustain the raw material needs of our various industries and MSMEs while protecting our dear environment,” Maguen said.
Also discussed are the Philippine Bamboo Industry Cluster Roadmap, Enhanced National Greening Program, bamboo-based technologies, and market opportunities for the bamboo industry. – Debbie E. Gasingan