DENR trains people’s orgs on bamboo, mangrove propagation and management

LAOAG CITY — To enhance projects on the National Greening Program (NGP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is conducting a two-day capacity building seminar to all people’s organizations(POs) in the province at the Palacio de Laoag Hotel on February 7-8.

Known for its significant role on climate change mitigation, the propagation, establishment and managament of bamboo and mangroves are being promoted in Ilocos Norte in support to the national government’s enhanced NGP, a convergence initiative reforestation program starting 2017 to 2028.

With invited experts on bamboo technology, agriculture, food and sustainable development, and on watershed and water research from the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City and Baguio City, at least 60 participants composed of PO leaders, NGP coordinators, site coordinators and local government unit representatives attended the series of lectures.

Among the topics to be discussed include bamboo propagation, plantation establishment and maintenance, economic enterprise and product marketing.

On mangrove, participants were taught how to establish plantation and regeneration technologies including mangrove management for sustainable yield.

After the lectures, the participants will visit the MMSU bamboo nursery and e-bamboo processing center for them to further appreciate what the technology can offer.

Earlier, DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez underscored the significance of mangroves and bamboo in addressing climate change in the country.

Research studies show that mangroves do not only protect islands from storm surges but also serve as spawning grounds for shrimps and other marine life.

Meanwhile, bamboo experts in the country also attest to the capability of bamboo to sequester carbon and an alternative for wood.