Per directive of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, a two-day Learning Event on the Establishment of Bamboo Plantation in Mining Areas was carried out on March 11 – 12, 2021.  The activity was spearheaded by Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems and Mining Concerns, Engr. Nonita S. Caguioa in coordination with the ERDB and Research Development and Extension (RDE) Centers. The event aims to provide inputs on the concepts and principles of bamboo propagation, plantation establishments and maintenance.

On-line lectures were conducted on the first day and hands-on demonstration was undertaken on the second day at the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Los Baños Experiment Station (LBES).

The following were discussed during the on-line lecture:

  • Importance of bamboo as rehabilitation species in degraded areas. Bamboo is considered as pioneer plant as it can exist in any soil type. It is fast growing, renewable, widespread, low cost and great potential in environmental conservation and poverty alleviation.
  • Bamboo has 1,200 species and 80 genera (global species), wherein 100 species are thriving in the Philippines.
  • The methods used in the propagation are reproductive or vegetative:

The recommended species and planting method for river bank stabilization is the “Kawayang Tinik” at 5m X 5m. spacing or in the “quinqunx” (kwengkang) method.

Resource speakers on the first day online lectures were from ERDB with the following topics:

Resource Person Topic
Forester Paul J. Cuadra Bamboo: Rehabilitation Species in Degraded Areas
Forester Romana Mauricio Knowing the Bamboo
Mr. Nelson Levi M. Lantican ·     Propagation and Nursery Establishment of Bamboo

·     Establishment, Maintenance and Management of Bamboo Plantation

Each group was expected to collect bamboo culms and branches using the knowledge learned/obtained from the online lectures. The bamboo cuttings collected by the participants were placed/temporarily planted in soil-filled plastic bags and were brought in their respective workplaces as their accomplishment.

The event was participated by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Central Office and MGB Region IV CALABARZON, in the person of Judith R. Panerio and Engr. Ron Marian T. Belegal.  Representatives from mining companies (listed below) within CALABARZON area have enthusiastically participated as well:

  1. Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. (RCBMI)-Batangas Plant
  2. Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. (RCBMI)-Teresa Plant
  3. LafargeHolcim Aggregates, Inc. (LHAI)
  4. Island Quarry and Aggregates Corporation (IQAC)
  5. Teresa Marble Corporation (TMC)
  6. Gozon Development Corporation (GDC)
  7. Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation (RCRDC)
  8. Hardrock Aggregates, Inc. (HAI)
  9. Pacific Concrete Products, Inc. (PCPI)
  10. Bigrock Aggregates Corporation (BRAC)/Vulcan Materials Corporation (VMC)
  11. San Rafael Development Corporation (SRDC)/Majestic Earth Core Ventures, Inc. (MECVI)
  12. Montalban Millex Aggregates Corporation (MMAC)

The event culminated with a closing message from ASEC Caguioa, who expressed gratitude to Director Henry Adornado, of ERDB and his staff for accommodating the pilot group in the conduct of the hands-on event within the ERDB-LEBS compound. She also thanked the participants for actively participating in the said event.  It was followed by the distribution of the Plaques of Appreciation to the ERDB Resource Speakers and Certificates of Participation to all the participants.

The entrance to ERDB-LEBS compound

The rhizomes/rooted part of the bamboo pole selected for propagation

The actual selection of bamboo culm cutting, for propagation

Closing program after the hands-on/actual demonstration

By : Judith R. Panerio        |        6 April 2021