A lawmaker at the House of Representatives called for the passage of a measure seeking the development of the bamboo industry in the country to minimize carbon footprints amid the growing global movement to address climate change.
In a statement, AAMBIS-OWA Party-list Rep. Sharon Garin said House Bill 3373, or the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act aims to promote the sustainable management and appropriate utilization of the country’s bamboo resources.
Garin said the proposed law would also support livelihood programs that target Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), the marginalized sector, the unemployed, and retrenched Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) for preference employment.
“This is an opportune time to utilize bamboo, both economically and environmentally. Bamboo has properties of fast growth and rejuvenation after cutting, which makes it a harvestable yield every one to two years once maturity is reached,” Garin said.
“It recuperates on its own as well. Replanting is not required and needs minimal tending. As to its environmental importance, bamboo can lock carbon in its fiber and in the soil where it grows. It also regulates water flow and reduces water erosion,” she added.
The bill mandates the creation of the 10-year Philippine Bamboo Framework for Development, which shall provide for a systematic, multi-pronged approach that would serve as a guide in the formulation and implementation of plans, projects, programs, and policies concerning the Philippine bamboo industry.
Under the bill, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall be mandated to use bamboo as planting material for at least 20 percent of its annual reforestation and rehabilitation programs.
The Department of Education shall also be required to procure 25 percent of its annual school desk and armchair requirements for public schools nationwide with the use of Philippine bamboo. (PNA)