Snapshot of some of the participants during the Webinar.

Adapting to the new normal situation out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) in collaboration with DENR Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) successfully carried out its first webinar titled “Green Gold Talk”.

The online activity, participated by 49 bamboo enthusiasts and partner stakeholders, was held on October 6, 2020 through Zoom cloud video conferencing. The webinar was also simultaneously aired via Facebook Live with 80 viewers in total.

A short warm welcome address was given by Ms. Helen A. Maddumba, WWRRDEC Center Head, while the webinar was officially opened by For. Augusto D. Lagon, ARD for Technical Services of DENR-CAR.

An inspirational message was also given by the Regional Executive Director of DENR-CAR, Engr. Ralph C. Pablo who emphasized some important characteristics of bamboo which everyone must emulate.

RED Pablo mentioned that flexure strength is the ability of a material such as bamboo to bend without breaking. In the same way, he challenged the participants to be resilient, useful yet remaining to be humble as the bamboo.

Four topics were comprehensively discussed by the resource persons. Mr. Diosdado A. Estigoy of WWRRDEC talked about bamboo planting stock propagation. In his talk, he mentioned the different bamboo species that can be propagated by seeds, rhizome, branches and cuttings.

On the other hand, Ms. Minda S. Odsey of WWRRDEC introduced the different bamboo species depending on its utility such as for ornamental, construction and rehabilitation. Ms. Odsey mentioned that bamboo species can be found in the Philippine Bambusetum located in Loakan and 21 of which are endemic to the Philippines.

For. Carlos S. Arida, Sr., the Regional NGP Coordinator of CAR, also gave an update on the status of bamboo as an enhanced-NGP commodity in CAR. He shared that among the six provinces in CAR, Apayao has the highest survival rate of bamboo planted.

For. Bernard O. Bawing, the President of CS First Green Agri-Industrial Development, Inc. shared a case presentation for the bamboo industry highlighting the culm cutting technology which resulted to two high-class bamboo products namely, floor board and bamboo vinyl. Trade Specialist, Marshae C. Pasong of DTI-CAR also shared her expertise on marketing of bamboo-based products.

Through the webinar, bamboo has strengthened anew its reputation in economic and environmental terms, and has proven itself to be a green gold thereby mainstreaming hope to communities in the countryside. Shirley Jaene S. Valdez, WWRRDEC