BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Stressing the huge potential of the bamboo industry in the socio-economic development of the province, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in a meeting yesterday held at the Plaza Hotel this city, reassured the current situation of the two bamboo industries in the municipalities of Bagac and Limay.
For everybody to be abreast on the topic, Ms. Tess Magtanong, DTI division chief and focal person on the bamboo industry in the province presented to the different agency representatives present (DOST, DepEd, DENR, DA, DOLE, PG-ENRO and others), how the bamboo industry in the province started, its funding, up to the issues and concerns currently confronting the industry, that require assistance and support from the different agencies to make it economically viable in the local and international markets.
The MAGSAKA farmers association headed by Ka Prime Bantugan appealed to all the agency representatives present, to help them promote their products and assist them to have access to markets of bamboo products and additional know-how in looking for more resources in the implementation of the bamboo industry development program in the whole province.
Ms. Nelin Cabahug, DTI-Bataan Provincial Director on the other hand, said that the DTI will continuously provide the necessary coordination and program direction to the bamboo industry and will conduct periodic enhancement of the roadmap towards development and commercialization of the bamboo products/industry.
On the part of the support agencies like DepEd, they encouraged manufacturers/producers to present to them samples of their products and a justification that the bamboo industry offers cheaper yet good quality alternatives when buying or purchasing student desks.
Meanwhile, the DENR ensures that the industry has sufficient bamboo nurseries and plantations while DOLE offers capacity building seminars among skilled workers and to assist in the bamboo industry to spur economic activities.