"Bamboo as carbon sequestrator" was among the ideas pitched by DENR-ERDB to the participants of the bamboo training held in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija on January 29-30, 2014.


Forty-four (44) trainees composed of community affairs officers, barangay leaders, municipal agriculture office staff and some local government unit employees participated in the activity.

Lectures included the commercial and environmental importance/uses of bamboo, morphology and common species of bamboo, bamboo plantation development, and the like.

Hands-on training followed in Brgy. Macabucod, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija where participants were guided in selecting and cutting culms of Kawayang Tinik (Bambusa blumeana), preparing potting soil, and potting cuttings.

Resource persons were Mr. Angelito B. Exconde of DENR-ERDB, Dr. Marcelino U. Siladan of DOST-PCAARRD, and Dr. Edmundo B. Baccay of Tarlac College of Agriculture.

Remarks were given by Aliaga Mayor Elizabeth R. Vargas and DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) - Nueva Ecija Director Brigida T. Pili. The training was organized by DTI, Nueva, Ecija.

"About 1,000 bamboo clumps all over Aliaga have been inventoried, each clump has 60 to 70 poles," said Mayor Vargas in her closing remarks. "Simulan na natin itong linisan at payabungin. [Let's start cleaning and further develop them]."

The training was conducted to encourage farmers and other interested individuals to support bamboo industry development program of the national government. Mheda G. Garcia, NGP-PQPM