BALANGA CITY, Bataan – DENR-Bataan targeted 720 hectares of bamboo plantation for the year 2017; of which 318 hectares are under the supervision of CENRO Bagac (Bagac – 130 hectares, Morong – 137.5 hectares and Mariveles – 50.5 hectares) while the remaining 402 hectares are under the supervision of CENRO Dinalupihan (Abucay – 52 hectares, Limay – 200 hectares and Pilar – 150 hectares) for a total cost of P5.4 million and contracted to 16 people’s organization in the province.
According to Ms. Mila Ramirez, DENR Forester, the primary objective of the bamboo plantation is to rehabilitate the ecosystem, soil conservation, erosion control measures, and provide raw materials for bamboo based industry.
Ms. Ramirez added that, “if coconut has been said as the tree of life, bamboo is the grass of life” because just like the coconut, bamboo, from its roots, stem and to the leaves have a lot of useful things and by products aside from the fact that bamboo shoots are eaten, the different parts of the bamboo are used for furniture making, decorative figurines and in constructing a house.
The bamboo plantation is under the National Greening Program (NGP) of the DENR while being complimented with the Manila Bay rehabilitation under the habitat management.
As of now, Ramirez stressed, the plantation is fully planted with bamboos and will have to wait for 5 years for harvesting, just in time for our fully grown bamboos being currently used by our bamboo based industry, to be replaced.