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)