Tree planting event to mark World Bamboo Day
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. —
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