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Bamboo, Bulacan’s new tree of life
By: PPAO
Wednesday, 04 May 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS — Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado thru the Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO) pushes and encourages Bulakenyos to plant bamboo trees because of its various economic use.

According to the study conducted by BENRO, the bamboo also known as “poor man’s timber” in the Philippines can address and provide for our basic needs such as food through its bamboo shoots, clothing through its fiber and shelter through its body, and many more.

BENRO also emphasized the value of bamboo in Philippine culture as well as its ability to fight the adverse effects of global warming.

“I learned that bamboo trees can absorb 33% more carbon dioxide and can emit up to 35% more oxygen as compared to other trees, making it the best solution for carbon sequestration. One thing more is that it’s the most sustainable tree because in a span of three years, it can be harvested unlike others that will take 10 years before it can be reaped,” Atty. Rustico de Belen, head of BENRO said.

Atty. De Belen also added that after his study tour in China with regard to the importance of bamboo, he realized that it can be developed as a big industry in the Philippines where the said trees are rampant and can be used for many purposes.

Moreover, planting of bamboo trees could prevent soil erosion because of its ability to hold six cubic meters of soil and has 25% of expanding, growing roots.

Prior to this, a Bamboo tree planting was done along the riverbanks in Bustos in cooperation with the Couples for Christ, Parole and Probation Board, Sagip Sierra Madre Movement and the municipality of Bustos wherein more than 1,000 trees were planted. The said tree planting is in accordance to the Executive Order No. 879, an order creating the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council to help strengthen the bamboo industry in the country issued on May 25, 2010.

Another bamboo tree planting is scheduled come May 5, 2011 along the riverbanks in Bustos wherein 10,000 bamboos and other kinds of trees will be planted. The said activity will be spearheaded by BENRO with the local government ofBustos and other non-government organizations.

Senator Loren Legarda is expected to grace the said event to show her support and cooperation.###

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