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Lowly bamboo gets 'lift' from stakeholders

ROXAS CITY (PIA) -- Various stakeholders inked an agreement to enhance biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation practices through the sustainable Caritas Bamboo Forest project, which gives the lowly bamboo the necessary lift.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Capiz provincial government, the Caritas Philippines, the Gerry Roxas Foundation, and the other religious stakeholders signed the MOA which assigned the Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center (CASAC) or Caritas Capiz in the upland barangay of Agnaga in Cuartero town to address the pressing challenges brought by climate change and environmental crises affecting vulnerable communities.

Caritas Bamboo Forest Project taps a total of 25 families as community partners for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mai Durias, Caritas Bamboo Forest Project Coordinator)

Caritas Capiz Director Rev. Fr. Mark Granflor emphasized that the project not only aims to combat environmental challenges but also seeks to empower the local communities.

Caritas Capiz has tapped and trained 25 families as the project's community partners. 

Punong Barangay Ruel Denosta said that aside from the bamboo forest project, CASAC is also helping community partners' children through the conduct of various review sessions which helped improve the children's school performance. 

“It is a huge help for us because not everyone in our community has a stable job and income,” Denosta shared.

To date, according to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Vicente Sardina, DENR under its National Greening Program has already planted 9,000 hectares in the province to develop the local bamboo industry.

“We also conducted the inventory of the existing natural bamboo plantation in the private area of the province with a total area of 700 hectares,” Sardina noted.

DENR will also give technical assistance to the farmers by teaching them how to grow and nurture the bamboo seedlings. 

Sardina stressed that the project will be a big boost to the development of the bamboo industry in the province because of the Caritas and funding support by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Gerry Roxas Foundation.

Caritas Philippines said that the initiative will serve as a guiding light for environmental stewardship as well as community resilience and will set an example for other regions facing similar challenges. (AGP/PLF/PIA Capiz)

Women members of the community prepares the bamboo seedlings for planting. (Photo courtesy of Mai Durias, Caritas Bamboo Forest Project Coordinator)

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