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Negros town in the south is set to become a bamboo center

To increase employment prospects for its citizens and strengthen the local economy, the municipality of Cauayan is positioning itself to become the “Bamboo Capital of Southern Negros Occidental”.

The municipal administration led by Mayor John Rey Tabujara has identified locations for planting bamboo, including Barangay Talacdan, which will act as the pilot site, after launching the first-ever Bamboo Summit over the weekend.

In a statement on Tuesday, Tabujara stated that “We already took the first step in making Cauayan the “Bamboo Capital of Southern Negros Occidental.”

He continued by saying that the scheme has the approval of Rep. Mercedes Alvarez from the 6th District and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

The municipal government established the Bamboo Program Committee to help with the effort, which is run under the direction of Ruel Eleccion, the project’s coordinator, and municipal agriculturist Daniel Dayono.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Kabankalan City has evaluated the areas that have been designated for planting bamboo.

“Because our location is called Cauayan, I had the idea for this effort six years ago. The bamboo plant can be seen even on our city seal. Because of bamboo swings, the name of our festival is “Lubay-Lubay,” according to Tabujara.

Resource speakers at the summit included former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol, giant bamboo program supporter Myrna Decipulo, renowned bamboo furniture and product designer Robert Palomares, bamboo products entrepreneur Mark Gersava, and artist and environmental activist Nicky Dumapit.

The lectures covered a range of subjects, including the propagation, growth, and harvesting of bamboo, the manufacture of high-end bamboo products, and the effects of climate change on tree farming.

Tabujara claimed that during his conversations with Piol, he discovered the significance of bamboo.

He is someone who helps me get oriented. Then I made the decision to purchase bamboo seedlings to plant in Cauayan. We also looked into bamboo livelihood options that we could offer to our citizens, the mayor remarked.

The bamboo summit, according to Lacson’s message, is one approach to encourage the use of bamboo for hitherto unknown purposes.

The province government is fully in favor of designating Cauayan as the “Bamboo Capital of Southern Negros Occidental” because of the important role that bamboos play in both the economy and the environment, he continued.

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