Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DENR Bicol signs accord for a bamboo gene bank, and 15-ha bamboo plantation

L-R: Ligao City Mayor Patricia G. Alsua, Cong. Fernando V. Gonzales, DENR Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales and Filmenera Resources Corporation Representative Sulpicio Bernardo III
LEGAZPI CITY, Nov 5 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural ResourcesRegional Officeseals an accord with Third District of Albay RepresentativeFernando V. Gonzalez, Sulpicio Bernardo III of Filmenera Resources Corporation, and Ligao City Mayor Patricia G. Alsuathat will establish a bamboo gene bank at Kawakawa Hill, and 15-ha bamboo plantation in eight barangays in Ligao City.

At the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding DENR Regional Executive Director (RED) Gilbert C. Gonzalesbares plans to establish 15 hectare kawayang tinik (Bambusa blumeana) in Bgys. Oma-oma, Baligang, Busac, Abella, Nabonton, Amtic, Maonon and Tula-tula.

Filmenera Resources Corporation (FRC), an industry operating in Masbate, will provide planting materials worth 100,000.00 pesos. The FRC representative expressed the company’s agreement with the RED’s plan to pursue an area development devoted to bamboo. They were convinced to support the project citing among others that Filmenera, alarge scale mining operator in Bicol provides for community development program and environmental programs as responsible miners andas part ofits corporate socialresponsibility. They consider the project part of reaching out to other areas- those outside their mining operation site. Their post mining land use involves exploring the establishment of plantation over mined out areas. Mr. Bernardo explains that Mining areas have final mining rehabilitation and decommissioning plan. In formulating it, the participation of local government is important wherein they discuss with DENR and LGU the interventions after mining operation is concluded. “After mine life there ought to be post mining land use, we are required to do post mining rehabilitation, “Mr. Bernardo said.

The Office of Congressman Gonzales for its part will help ensure the beneficiaries are well-trained and are able to make a living out of bamboo products sourced at the plantations. Cong. Gonzalez added that his Office will establish a bamboo palace in Kawakawa to promote the importance of bamboo as a cheap substitute to wood. Cong. Gonzales said he is most fortunate to be part of the MOU signing in order to provide livelihood to his constituents and promote environmental awareness by having multi species of bamboo in the City. He also expresed gratefulness to DENR for its assistance.
The bamboo gene bank will have in its collection the following species:
Local Name
Scientific Name


1. Anos

Schizostachyum lima (Blanco) Merill
2. Bayog
Bambusa merrilliana (Elmer) Rojo & Roxas comb. nov.
3. Black bamboo
Phyllostachys nigra (Lodd.) Munro.
China, Japan

4. Bikal
Schizostachyum dielsianum (Pilger) Merr.

5. Bolo, Botong
Gigantochloa levis (Blanco) Merrill

6. Buddha’s belly
Bambusa ventricosa
Vietnam, Taiwan and Southern China 
7. Buho
Schizostachyum lumampao  (Blanco) Merrill

8. Giant bamboo
Dendrocalamus asper (Schultes et.) Backerex Heyne
Southeast Asia
9. Hedge bamboo
Bambusa multiplex (Lour.) Raeuschel ex. J.A. and J.A. Schultes
Indo-China and Southern China
10. Iron bamboo
Guadua angustifolia Kunth
Northeastern South America to Panama
11. Kauayan Kiling
Bambusa vulgaris Scrad. ex. Wendl.

12. Kauayan Tinik
Bambusa blumeana Schultes f.

13. Golden/Yellow
Bambusa vulgaris Schrad ex Wendl var striata (Lodd. Ex Lindl.) Gamble
China, US, Puerto rico, Nicaragua
14. Pink bamboo
Gigantochloa kuring Widjaja

15. Wamin
Bambusa vulgaris Schrad. Ex. Wendl cv. Wamin McClure
Southern China
16. Laak
Bambusa sp.1

The layout of the site will include 9,652 sq m comprised of kawayang tinik plantation, the gene bank of bambusetum covering 8,525 sq m and a nursery covering 8,463 sq m.

According to RED Gonzales, FRC is a pioneering partner in this endeavor. He is optimistic the bamboo plantation will supports the livelihood of locals given its potential in the market today. He is bound to funnel more funds from private sector, introduce the project to local industries and generate greater support for this project. He said last year he discussed this with former Ligao City Mayor Linda Gonzales and promised to bring in private entities to support it. RED Gonzales is able to generate same support for Bicol National Park’s reforestation project with Energy Development Corporation. ####

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