House Deputy Majority Leader and Las Piñas City Rep. Camille A. Villar proposed a bill to improve bamboo production and research and development.
This aims to adopt the bamboo production while also improving research and development in order to promote its other usage.
As cited in the report of Business World, House Bill 3309 will also be named Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act of 2019.
“The bill hopes to set up the Bamboo Industry Research and Development Center (BIRDC) tasked to continuously provide relevant technologies and new products to the bamboo industry,” report said.
“The main challenge in the development of a bamboo industry is a shortage of land,” Villar said.
“There are about 8,500 hectares devoted to bamboo cultivation, with four economically viable species — the Kawayan Tinik, Giant Bamboo, Buho, and Bolo. According to the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry), while 8,500 hectares is a significant number, the huge demand for bamboo requires more coverage,” Ms.Villar added.
The bill also include the 20% of the annual planting of the national greening program a reforestation initiative. Respectively, public school desks and chairs should consist 25% bamboo.
In order to improve the said industry, the bill shall also promote the nurseries,, plantations, and processing facilities.
Moreover, bamboo made products will also be innovated and may acquire access to its potential market.
The bill encompasses in providing capacity-building initiatives for stakeholders of the bamboo industry,especially, for farmers, processors, and designers.