Efforts to boost bamboo production in Negros Occidental stepped up
The Province of Negros Occidental, through the Provincial Enterprise Development and Investment Center (PEDIC), is stepping up its efforts in encouraging Negrenses to plant more bamboo due to the industry’s huge potential.
Engineer Jose Maria Amugod, project development officer III, said in a report Monday that more bamboo resources means more income and livelihood opportunities especially for upland communities.
He added that recently, he spoke to farmers-members of an integrated social forestry (ISF) association in Victorias City during their benchmarking activity.Amugod discussed the function and operation of Bamboo Innovation Center at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan here.
“PEDIC is eyeing to saturate more areas for its bamboo production promotion,” Amugod said, adding that the province will inaugurate the first phase facility during the Pana-ad Festival next month.
It will be the first bamboo processing center in Negros Island capable of producing engineered and conventional bamboo products, he said.
The establishment of the innovation center is under the Provincial Bamboo Industry Development Program.
The P4-million fund used for the construction of the center’s phase one, including the treatment, storage, and multi-purpose facilities, came from the 2015 Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) given by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The provincial government received the said PCF after being awarded by DILG the Seal of Good Local Governance.On top of the P4-million construction fund, the provincial government has tapped the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for P1 million worth of equipment.
These equipment, which are set for delivery, include bamboo splitter, twin rip saw, plainer and laminating press.
Amugod said the construction of the first phase of the project at Pana-ad Park is already complete with its treatment center to be fully operational this year.
It will house locally produced bamboo products to be displayed during the festival.
Other components like the nursery and training center in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City are ongoing.
The second phase has just started this month and targeted to be completed this year. (PNA)