Sun.Star Pampanga

DENR plants 3.6-K bamboo propagules under NGP

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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 .

It

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.

 ?? (DENR) ?? ON WORLD BAMBOO DAY. Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources plants about 3,600 Kawayan tinik and Bayog propagules in various National Greening Program sites and forest reserves in Central Luzon in line with the observance of World Bamboo Day.
(DENR) ON WORLD BAMBOO DAY. Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources plants about 3,600 Kawayan tinik and Bayog propagules in various National Greening Program sites and forest reserves in Central Luzon in line with the observance of World Bamboo Day.
 ?? (Chris Navarro) ?? LEGISLATOR­S ALL. Mabalacat City Vice-Mayor Geld Aquino and Councilor Jun Castro flash the thumbs up sign with barangay kagawads of Dau, Dolores, Duquit, Mabiga and Macapagal, during Monday's visit to the Office of the Vice Mayor.
(Chris Navarro) LEGISLATOR­S ALL. Mabalacat City Vice-Mayor Geld Aquino and Councilor Jun Castro flash the thumbs up sign with barangay kagawads of Dau, Dolores, Duquit, Mabiga and Macapagal, during Monday's visit to the Office of the Vice Mayor.
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