MANILA, Philippines - A proposed action plan for the development of the bamboo industry will be presented for final approval later this month.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the proposed Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Program’s 2013 Agenda for Action would be presented to the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) for final approval on May 27.
“Early this year, we conducted a series of planning workshops to address the need to come up with a wide-ranging action plan for the Philippine bamboo industry. This plan was done through synergistically mobilizing convergence at the national and sub-national levels,” DTI undersecretary Merly Cruz said.
The action plan for the bamboo industry which seeks to improve the environmental health and competitiveness of the bamboo industry, was crafted following workshops and consultations conducted by the government with private industry associations as well as non-government organizations (NGOs).
The action plan would have measures for environmental management to be led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), as well as for business development which would be under the DTI.
“For the business development component, we encourage the private sector to pursue the production of high-end products in the construction and creative industries,” Cruz said.
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“In this direction, the DTI will assist in developing bamboo products and improving their design, quality and competitiveness. Hence, we can establish bamboo as an alternative to wood products,” she said further.
Aside from the environment and business components, the action plan would also have measures for social development to be handled by NGOs and private industry associations.
“We hope to see all three outputs or components of the bamboo industry achieved in a synchronized manner for focused and unified interventions to achieve the set outcomes of the bamboo industry. For instance, we cannot move the business development component without sufficient raw material supply of bamboo. The other components should be strong for us to deliver our overall goal,” Cruz said.
The PBIDC, which would approve the action plan, is chaired by DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo and composed of representatives from the DENR, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Labor and Employment, the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, NGOs and private industry associations.
The PBIDC was created by Executive Order 879 issued in May 2010 in line with the aim of promoting the bamboo industry.
In May last year, Memorandum Circular 30 was issued by Malacañang making the development of the local bamboo industry a priority program of the government.