Sec. Roy A. Cimatu delivers the keynote speech of the 2019 ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency.

Iloilo City – Bamboo, dubbed as this generation’s green gold, takes the center stage in the 2019 ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency from August 12 to 16, 2019 at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City.

This international event is organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) to serve as a venue for the exchange of information and updates on the sustainable development of bamboo and environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

More than 200 participants consist of research and development practitioners from the ASEAN countries are gathered to tackle the promising potentials of bamboos in mitigating the effects of climate change. The event is participated by representatives from the 10 ASEAN member-countries as well as dialogue partners from EU, France, USA, China, India, Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil.

In his welcome remarks, ERDB Director, Dr. Sofio B. Quintana highlighted the importance of the five-day activity. Dr. Quintana stressed that while there may be a lot of efforts on bamboo research, knowledge sharing and collaboration are the genuine keys in making research information and technologies relevant and of high quality.

Meanwhile, in his keynote speech, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu of the DENR said that while the ASEAN member countries have signified their commitments to mitigate climate change in the ASEAN region, collective action is seen crucial to take effect.

Today is a step further to combine our efforts and strengthen foreseen contributions of each country through the scientific lens. I am confident that this 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress will bring all our efforts as one ASEAN to create impacts we have just dreamt before.” said Sec. Cimatu.

The Congress also highlights science-based strategies in developing the bamboo resources for socio-economic and environmental sustainability. Renowned representatives from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), International Network on Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), and World Bamboo Organization are also present to discuss the state of the art on bamboo development as an eco-friendly and renewable resource for green economy.

The event also features four plenary talks, 54 paper and 21 poster presentations focusing on four different themes: 1) Adaptation to Climate Change through application and use of bamboo techniques; 2) Bamboo as significant resource for environmental sustainability; 3) Bamboo as a valuable resource for inclusive development and economic stability; and 4) Recent advances on bamboo research and development policy.

According to Mr. Angelito B. Exconde, Overall Coordinator of the Congress, “through the Congress, ERDB hopes to strengthen partnership with other countries in enhancing science-based research and development on bamboo to support the bamboo industry, and how this industry can contribute to sustainable economic growth and environmental sustainability.”

For the following day, representatives from various sectors will deliver their paper presentations focusing on best practices to increase the appreciation and acceptance of bamboo as a green product for poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability.

Opening of exhibit led by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. [Left to right: Brian Cohen, INBAR; Angelito Exconde, Overall Coordinator, ASEAN Bamboo Congress; Mayumi Quintos-Natividad, ERDB Assistant Director; Engr. Noel Z. Hechanova, City ENRO of Iloilo City; Hon. Francis A. Amboy, Municipal Mayor of Maasin, Iloilo; and Francisco E. Milla, Jr., Regional Director of DENR Region 6.
In his message, Dr. Sofio B. Quintana, ERDB Director said that he hopes that the 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress marks a strengthened partnerships and research breakthroughs among bright minds as one ASEAN for better climate change adaptation strategies and actions towards environmental sustainability and economic resiliency.


Angelito B. Exconde, Overall Coordinator of the 2019 ASEAN Bamboo Congress provided an overview of the activity. He said, “This Congress was conceived to serve as an avenue for an international forum for exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe and policy makers on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region. With four plenary talks and 58 paper and 28 poster presentations, this Congress hopes to stimulate the bright minds of seasoned and young researchers, academicians, and policy makers towards an environmentally sustainable and economically resilient ASEAN through bamboo technology.”