Plans to promote bamboo industry underway

February 1, 2013 10:54 pm 

By Gloria Grejalde

MANILA, Feb. 1 – The Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) has adopted a three-year development action plan that would promote the bamboo industry and serve as a model for other industry clusters.

“The bamboo industry was the first industry that was brought to the policy level and we hoped that it could be a business model which can be adopted in other industries,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for Regional Operations and Development Group (RODG) Merly Cruz.

Cruz said “to move the bamboo industry forward, the Bamboo Industry Development Project (BIDP) Action Plan for 2013 -2016 was accepted after validating its proposed action plans.”

The country’s bamboo industry is guided by Executive Order (EO) No. 879 which paved the way for the creation of the PBIDC. The council provides the over-all policy and program directions of all its stakeholders.

The executive order required that at least 25 percent of the desk and other furniture needs of public elementary and secondary schools should be made of bamboo and that it should be a priority to use bamboo in furniture, fixtures and other construction requirements of government facilities.

A workshop was held prior to the adoption of the development plan where a number of issues on the bamboo industry were identified and clarified among which functional sub national structure, regional allocation of contribution to national targets, regional target setting for agency indicators to flow fan allocated contributions, regional action plan on value chain approach and its yearly review, project and council organization and management model, and project action plan.

The workshop participants were guided by the plan’s three poles or components, which are environmental management, propagation of production chaired by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); business development led by DTI; and the social (supervised of business support organizations (BSO) such as NGOs and industry associations).

“We hope to see all three poles or components will harmoniously and synchronized with each other. You cannot move the business development component without much supply and that is production. You cannot be felt in all sectors if it is just business. The social component should also be strong. With the tri-polar framework, we are confident that we can deliver our goal,” Cruz said.

Meanwhile, Cruz stressed that “propagation is the most critical pole. We are happy to know that the government has refocused its trust such that there is the National greening Program (NGP),” Cruz said.

The NGP or EO 26 commits to plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six (6) years from 2011 to 2016. All other greening efforts of the private sector and civil society harmonized under the NGP.

“Thirty percent of targeted hectares are to be planted with bamboo. The government target is 53,671 hectares for 2013 to 2016. We are not precluding the initiatives coming from the private sector, especially if our targets could be delivered with a major participation from the private sector. We are trying to synchronize or align the chain,” Cruz said.

“Together with the DTI and other agencies, we have worked on the promotion of bamboo industry development since 2010. I am hopeful that we are here considering this endeavor cannot be done by one agency alone,” Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) Board of Trustees for the furniture sector Myrna Bituin said during the workshop. (PNA)

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