For. Gregorio Santos, Jr. as he lectures on bamboo propagation (left). For. Christian Rae De Guzman as he demonstrates proper cutting of bamboo culms for propagation (right).

The Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of Quezon conducted the two-day “Training on Bamboo Technologies for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood” on September 27-28, 2022 at the Habilin Farms in Tayabas, Quezon. The activity is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1401 dated June 27, 2022 declaring the month of September of every year as Bamboo Month in the Philippines.

For. Gregorio E. Santos, Jr. UBRDEC Center Head, emphasized the importance of integrating bamboo in the rehabilitation and restoration of denuded uplands. During the activity, For. Santos called bamboo as the Bamboo of Life because of its multiple uses as a good phytoremediation material, efficient rainwater harvester, and high carbon sequestration capacity of up to 12 tons per hectare per year. For. Santos also mentioned the potential of bamboo as a substitute for wood, thereby, reducing the pressure on the natural forests in the country.

Field demonstration of bamboo plantation establishment oversighted by For. Gregorio Santos Jr. (left). UBRDEC team together with the participants of the training post-activity (right).

UBRDEC hopes that thru this initiative, the participants will be able to produce planting stocks of bamboo which can help improve the supply of bamboos in the country.

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