Western Visayas is positioning itself to be the bamboo capital of the Philippines, Francisco Milla Jr., Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas director, said yesterday.
Milla said Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has targeted more than 10,000 hectares of land in the region to be “devoted to bamboo plantations alone.”
He said they are encouraging the private sector to invest in bamboo processing plants. “There are too many bamboos in the region. We need processing plants so we can have engineered bamboo,” he added.
The provincial government of Negros Occidental has been pushing the local farmers to grow bamboo since there is a huge demand in the market.
The province continues to promote the local bamboo industry through the Bamboo Village, one of the exhibits featured in the annual Panaad sa Negros Festival.
Meanwhile, Milla said DENR Region 6 will continue to enforce environmental laws in Western Visayas, such as solid waste management, watershed rehabilitation, and reforestation.
“As per instruction of the secretary, we should clean up Panay Island, Negros, and Guimaras,” he added.*
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