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Regional bamboo gene bank to rise in South Cotabato
By: Danilo E. Doguiles
Wednesday 11th of September 2013

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato,  Sept 11  (PIA)  --       Soccsksargen will  soon  establish   its  regional   bambusetum,  a gene bank  that will house    a  collection  of  different  bamboo  species.


Dr. Bighani  Manipula,  regional technical director for research of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)  12 bared   that the  bambusetum  is being  developed  in a  site  in  nearby Surallah town.


In the  recently  concluded   regional   technology  forum  on bamboo,   Bighani  said   DENR 12 and the  municipal  government of  Surallah  have already  signed  a memorandum   of  agreement  for   collaborative  effort   and  administrative  support  for the  establishment  and  maintenance  of the  bambusetum,  which shall also  serve as  a demonstration area.


DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Datu Tungko Saikol and Mayor Antonio Bendita  signed the agreement on  August  22.


The bambusetum  will  be  situated The bambusetum  in the periphery of the six-hectare LGU-operated cluster sanitary landfill in Barangay Colongulo in Surallah.


Under the MOA, the DENR shall be responsible in the collection and planting of bamboo seedlings.


Director Saikol said that once fully established, the bambusetum in Surallah shall serve as a center for bamboo genetic resource exchange, and eventually become a source of planting materials in the region.


“We foresee this bambusetum to  serve as a venue and learning site in spreading knowledge and increasing people’s awareness and interest on bamboo conservation, propagation and utilization,” Saikol claimed.


The project which is landscaped can be ran as an LGU economic enterprise with revenues generated from the entrance fees and the sale of planting materials according to Dr. Manipula.


 “The DENR researchers are doing continuous collection of planting materials. We have targeted to collect and plant a total of 200 species of  bamboo, both endemic and exotic,  within a two-year period starting this year,” Dr. Manipula added.


There are 1,250 species of bamboo worldwide.


Initially, the  project   is  being  funded with P100,000 from DENR 12 and another P100,000 as counterpart fund from the DENR Central Office. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/MCLocsin-DENR 12)

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