ERDB Director Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer during her opening message

Los Ba̱os, Laguna РThe 18th of September of each year is designated as World Bamboo Day. The goal of this international celebration is to raise awareness of the value and practical uses of the bamboo plant and to celebrate the world bamboo industry.

In line with this, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducted a webinar titled “Green Green Grass of Hope: A Webinar on Philippine Bambuseta” on September 16, 2022, via Zoom and Facebook Live.

In her opening remarks ERDB Director Ma. Lourdes G. Ferrer highlighted the importance of bamboo in “mitigating climate change, preventing soil erosion, and provision for livelihood opportunities for the Filipino people.”

 She enjoined the participants in the conservation and preservation of bamboo species, most especially the rare and endangered ones.

The organizers and the speakers during the Green, Green Grass of Hope: A Webinar on Philippine Bambuseta.

ERDB’s TTD Chief Juan B. Ebora gave an overview of World Bamboo Day. Consequently, For. Romana A. Mauricio, Senior Science Research Specialist of ERDB, shared the importance of bamboo.

She also shared some important facts about bamboo. Likewise, she encouraged the participants to preserve and conserve bamboo species.

Ms. Lisa Condino, Science Research Specialist of ERDB, presented the Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES) of ERDB located in Los Baños, Laguna.

She highlighted the current status of the bamboo present in the area from 38 to 45 species.

In LBES, various facilities cater to the needs of the clients like the provision of bamboo propagules for tree planting activities and the conduct of photo shoot sessions.

Finally, she mentioned their future plans which included enhancing the promotion and development of IEC materials, intensifying thinning operations and conduct of built-in activities.

Ms. Carissa Collado, Training Specialist I of ERDB’s Watershed and Water Resources Research Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC), For. Conrado B. Marquez, Chief Science Research Specialist of ERDB’s Forest and Wetland Research, Development and Extension Center (FWRDEC), and For. Eduardo O. Sagarino, Senior Science Research Specialist of ERDB’s Agroforestry Research, Development and Extension Center (ARDEC) gave an overview of their respective Bambuseta located in Baguio City, Bukidnon, and Davao de Oro.

Most of the bambusetum offers demonstration areas and show windows for educational tours/site visits. In the future, an intensified maintenance and protection of bamboo species, increased collection of species, and enhanced IEC efforts are hoped to be achieved.

Miss Jessica Cianchino, Miss Earth Canada 2022, also delivered an inspirational message in which she enjoined the general public in celebrating bamboo to work towards the preservation and conservation of bamboo species for climate action.

Lastly, For. Gregorio E. Santos, Center Head of the Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC), shared the history of the Ligao Bambusetum, highlighting the importance of collaboration and partnership with other institutions as an ex-situ approach for conservation, nature protection, and restoration.

However, he emphasized that collaboration with sincere and committed influential people serves as a cornerstone in the success of the Ligao bambusetum.

A new MOA was drafted by ERDB, LGU of Ligao, and the House of Representatives to continue the development, management, and protection of the Ligao Bambusetum.

ERDB Assistant Director For. Mayumi Quintos-Natividad in her closing remarks

An open forum was conducted afterward which was moderated by the Host.

The activity was followed by the presentation of certificates, and was concluded with closing remarks from the ERDB Assistant Director For. Natividad Mayumi Quintos.

In her message, she encouraged the participants to make use of social media and creativity to spread verified facts about bamboo. Allysa Marie C. Federio, TTD