DENR plants 3.6-K bamboo propagules under NGP
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Over 3,600 Kawayan tinik (Bambusa blumeana) and Bayog (Dendrocalamus merrillianus) propagules have been planted in various National Greening Program (NGP) sites and forest reserves in Central Luzon.
The activity was led by the various field offices of Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here during the simultaneous tree planting on Friday in observance of the World Bamboo Day and in line with the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.
According to Paquito Moreno, Jr., executive director of DENR regional office, the region-wide bamboo planting was fundamental both in rehabilitating denuded forest areas and in facilitating rapid recovery of river easements, and in stabilizing river banks, particularly in Manila Bay areas and river systems in Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, and Tarlac.
“Bamboo offers a wide array of environmental benefits, which makes it a golden resource in the construction industry. In the implementation of our Manila Bay rehabilitation program, we consider it as a crucial component of soil erosion control and slope stabilization measures, which will fasttrack our efforts to clean and restore river systems in the region,” Moreno explained.
He said bamboo suitability assessment was conducted before planting bamboo propagules along riverbanks to determine appropriate bamboo species in the area.
ANGELES CITY--Converge ICT Solutions Chief Executive Officer Dennis Uy thanked the Angeles City Council for recognizing its efforts in introducing technological innovation crucial to nationbuilding and economic growth.
In a letter addressed to the city council, Uy thanked Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
"We are thankful for the recognition and we look forward to our continued partnership. Please be assured that we are always ready to help the City Government in its efforts to serve the public better," Uy said in his letter.
Uy said Converge remains committed to providing world-class broadband services for better digital experience.
The resolution citing Uy's efforts of through Converge ICT Solutions was sponsored by Councilor Jesus “Jay” Sangil, chairman of Committee on Public Works and Engineering, and Clark Freeport Zone.
Resolution No. PR 1178-08-21 which recognizes the efforts of Uy and Converge “in improving Philippines’strides to technological innovation, economic rebound and nation building” was passed by the city council on August 17.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Councilors Alfie Bonifacio, Arvin Suller, Raco Del Rosario, Marino Bañola, Dan Lacson, Joseph Ponce, Jaycee Aguas, and ABC Pres Jerry Alejandrino. It was seconded by Councilors Thelma Indiongco and SK Pres Mandani in a session presided by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting.
In the resolution, the city council cited Uy as “a true dedicated son of Angeles City, is now also considered as one of the great minds of Asia, entrepreneur par excellence, a business genius, a stalwart of technological innovation who remain committed to Angeles City’s progress.”
The resolution stated that “Dennis Uy, the acknowledged leader and visionary has catapulted Converge into becoming one of the leading pure fiber company that now covers not just Luzon but also Visayas and Mindanao. All these achievements give Angeles City pride, prestige, and honor as Converge continues to strive for excellence."
Converge recently reported its first-half earnings for 2021 that include P3.252 billion net income, P11.78 billion in consolidated revenues where the majority of P10.2 billion come from r esi dent i al .
may be recalled that Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu made a marching order to plant and use bamboo as priority species to rehabilitate river banks and the Manila Bay, and maximize its capability as an alternative wood supply in the construction industry.
As this developed, Moreno reported that a 1.7-hectare bambusetum and bamboo nursery was established in Barangay Mambog in Hermosa, Bataan, where some 950 propagules of Giant Bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus), Yellow bamboo (Phyllostachys sp.), Budda belly bamboo (Bambusa venteicosa), Kawayan tinik (Bambusa blumeana), Kawayan kiling (Bambusa blancoi), and Bayog (Dendrocalamus merrillianus) species have been cultivated in partnership with the local government units.
DENR records show that more than 14,600 hectares of bamboo plantations have been established under the NGP since 2012.
World Bamboo Day is celebrated every September 18 of each year to promote awareness on the economic and ecological importance of bamboo species.
This year’s theme, “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan,” underscores the importance of bamboos and its potential to aid in today’s most pressing socio-economic and ecological issues.