An ‘On-site Training on Bamboo Nursery Operation and Propagation’ was recently held last February 3, 2021 at Mount Manunggal, Magsaysay, Balamban, Cebu.

Thirtyfour (34) participants comprising officers and members of the People’s organizations (PO) from the mountain barangays in Balamban participated the said training aimed at enhancing awareness of PO members on the potentials of bamboo and the knowledge on bamboo propagation, plantation management and protection.

Staff and officials from the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO Cebu and CENRO Cebu City) as well as barangay officials of the component barangays in Balamban also joined in

Mr. Reynaldo L. Lanuza, Supervising Science Research Specialist of CREREC served as resource person and discussed the importance and techniques on propagation, care and maintenance of bamboo, highlighting the need to employ the scientific approach of planting and growing.

His lecture also included the ecological and socio-economic importance of bamboo while addressing the need of the community for science-based knowledge for a higher survival rate.

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director (RED) Paquito D. Melicor, Jr and PENRO Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis graced the event and assured DENR 7’s full support in the project implementation. Barangay Captain Jose Bebelonio Pepito of Barangay Sunog served as the lead coordinator in partnership with PENRO Cebu.

Barangays Sunog, Ginatilan, Gaas, Lamesa, and Matun-og in Balamban, Cebu are recipients of the new bamboo plantation development under the Enhanced and Expanded National Greening Program (EENGP).

EENGP particularly included bamboo in compliance with DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s trust and advocacy in rehabilitating degraded forestlands using bamboo and plan for the development of sustainable bamboo plantations to supplement the wood industry.    //JC Garde-TTEU