Tree plant­ing event to mark World Bam­boo Day

The Freeman - - NEWS -

Four thou­sand bam­boo trees are tar­geted to be planted in two Cebu provin­cial towns dur­ing the World Bam­boo Day on Septem­ber 22.

As­turias and Balam­ban were cho­sen as the pri­mary venues for the si­mul­ta­ne­ous tree grow­ing ac­tiv­ity. Its con­ven­ers in­clude the Provin­cial Disas­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO), Provin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fices (PENRO), JCI Metro Cebu Up­town, As­turias Poul­try Grow­ers, Ka­bilin Na­ture Farms Foun­da­tion, the barangay units con­cerned, and other com­mer­cial spon­sors.

Ac­cord­ing to PDRRMO Chief Bal­tazar Tri­bunalo, the two towns were cho­sen as venue be­cause they are con­sid­ered as the bam­boo cap­i­tals in Cebu.

“When we say bam­boo Cap­i­tal, adto nato makit-an ang li­boan ka mga kawayan,” he said in a press con­fer­ence last week.

He added that this is the sec­ond time the Capi­tol and its part­ners led the same ac­tiv­ity. The dif­fer­ence this year is that they dou­bled the num­ber of plants. In 2017, around 2,000 bam­boo propag­ules were grown on the same ar­eas. Tri­bunalo said that most of what they planted sur­vived. The tree plant­ing will be held pri­mar­ily along the river­banks of the Lusaran river.

Fr. Vic Labao of Ka­bilin Na­ture Farms Foun­da­tion em­pha­sized the im­por­tance and uses of the said peren­nial grass. Adult bam­boos are con­sid­ered help­ful in cli­mate change adap­ta­tion as it has car­bon se­ques­tra­tion prop­er­ties, which can ab­sorb about 400 ki­los of car­bon diox­ide in a year.

Labao added that bam­boos, once har­vested, can be used as scaf­fold­ing, a ma­te­rial for hous­ing, cre­ative hand­i­crafts, and more. With these op­tions, the plant has both en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ad­van­tages.

Bam­boo ma­ture in a span of three to five years. When used up, they can be eas­ily re­placed. Tri­bunalo urged both LGUs and the gen­eral pub­lic to join the tree grow­ing ini­tia­tive in their own places. —

Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/FPL

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