The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) through its Technology Transfer Division (TTD) launched its first virtual exhibit on bamboo via Zoom and Facebook Live on June 30, 2021.
Aside from being one of the fastest growing plants on earth, bamboo is also known for its resilience, versatility, beauty, and strength.
For ages, bamboo has been used for different purposes like construction materials and source of food. During windy and stormy conditions, bamboo serves as windbreak because of its well-developed system.
Moreover, it helps prevent soil erosion and has a high capacity for catching and conserving water which makes it an ideal preventive measure for flash floods.
Liberty E. Asis, Section Chief of the Technology Packaging, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Extension Section, gave a preview of the bamboo studies featured in the virtual exhibit. “Ang virtual exhibit na ito ay makikita ninyo ang tatlo sa mga kwento ng tagumpay sa kalikasan sa pamamagitan ng kawayan. Dito sa virtual exhibit, mapapanood ninyo ang iba’t-ibang teknolohiya na sinaliksik ng ERDB at ibinahagi sa ating mga kababayang Pilipino na posible ring magamit sa inyong tahanan, organisasyon, at komunidad.”
The Ligao City Experience detailed the partnership between the local government unit of Ligao City and ERDB to restore the idle barren lands using bamboo.
The partnership, which was led by For. Gregorio E. Santos Jr. and Arlene B. Ranara of the Urban Biodiversity Research, Development, and Extension Center, and Patricia Gonzales-Alsua and Maria Soledad T. Preña of the City Government of Ligao, gave birth to the first and only bambusetum in the region, the Ligao City Bambusetum in Kawa-kawa Hill and Nature Park.
In Western Visayas, existing stands of bamboo are not usually managed. Communities did not give much thought on the potential revenue from selling bamboo products.
Maechelle Blanca of the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development, and Extension Center explored community resiliency from the impacts of climate change through application of bamboo techniques in the implementation of Bamboo Plantation Development Project (BPDP) in Western Visayas to improve adaptive capacities of human communities and natural systems, sustainably manage natural resources, and improve environmental quality for healthier and cleaner environment.
Lastly, through Nelson Levi M. Lantican and Fe T. Ociones of the Forest Ecosystem Research Division, ERDB conducted the first study on the biomass and carbon sequestration of four economically important bamboos in the Philippines namely, Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper Schultes f.), Kawayan tinik (Bambusa blumeana J.A and J.H Schultes), Bolo (Gigantochloa levis (Blanco) Merr.), and Buho (Schizostachyum lumampao (Blanco) Merr.).
The study is a pioneering research in the Philippines to determine the actual aboveground biomass and total carbon of giant bamboo, kawayan tinik, bolo, and buho based on samples taken from established plantations and natural stands representing a wide range of diameter and height classes.
Ms. Asis invited the public to the first virtual exhibit of ERDB. “Ito ang mga kwento ng tagumpay sa ating kawayan na maaring may matutunan kayo tungkol sa mga gamit ng kawayan para sa kabuhayan, ekoturismo, paglaban sa polusyon, at sa pangkalahatang panlaban sa climate change.”
Bamboo is considered as a valuable economic and environmental resource, and ERDB has developed various technologies on bamboo including propagation methods, plantation establishment, and harvesting techniques.
Through this virtual exhibit, ERDB hopes to continue to innovate ways of increasing awareness on the promising potentials of bamboo especially in attaining environmental sustainability and economic resiliency. Allysa Marie C. Federio, TTD
The virtual exhibit can be accessed through the ERDB website at https://erdb.denr.gov.ph