DTI-Abra holds regional Bamboo Congress

  • March 17, 2017
  • Ginalyn B. Brioso

BANGUED, Abra, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently led a Regional Bamboo Congress at the Provincial Capitol here to advance development of the bamboo industry in the province.

This was aimed to push bamboo as the major player in terms of economic development specifically in terms of entrepreneurship for livelihood in the province.

DTI Provincial Director Arell Bañez said they invited all bamboo innovators in Abra particularly those who exhibited during the Centennial Bazaar Opening to join in this event. Some bamboo craftsmen from Benguet, Mountain Province and TESDA- Baguio also participated.

Speakers included Edgardo Manda, President of Bamboo Foundation and Clayton Tugonon, Executive Director of Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions-DTI.

They discussed several significant uses of bamboo aside from furniture making. Bamboo can help in soil erosion mitigation in riverbanks because it has large and dispersed roots that absorb the soil. It is a good alternative to wood because it grows faster in 3 to 5 years while a tree grows in 10 to 15 years. Some even are slow growers and take 20 up to 30 years.

Bamboo is also a medicinal plant. Its leaves are used to treat inflammation, ulcers and wounds. Juice extracted from bamboo leaves is used as antioxidant.

Bamboo fiber is also made into clothing, housing and ornaments to name a few.

Other things that were discussed in the bamboo congress  were  the  types of bamboo available in Abra like the ‘bulo’, ‘bayog’, ‘bikal’, kawayan tinik’, ‘kawayan kiling’ and a lot more.

“Okay pa naman ang supply ng bamboo dito sa Abra. Pero kailangan din nating pagtuunan ng pansin ang Engineered Bamboo where you can grow bamboo in whatever form or shape you desire para maging versatile ang product at design natin.” Bañez stated.

 DTI he said is looking forward to forge partnership with DENR and other line agencies to expand bamboo plantation as a means to pursue bamboo development. (JDP/GBB, PIA CAR, Abra)

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