In celebration of Philippine Bamboo Day 2021 with the theme “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan”, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX regional office together with its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Siocon and Imelda conducted a simultaneous Bamboo planting activity on September 17, 2021.
 
The DENR IX regional office team held their bamboo planting in Barangay Baclay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. It was participated by 65 personnel headed by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services and In-Charge, Office of the Regional Executive Director Ronald Gadot planting approximately 216 bamboo culms in area.
 
CENRO Siocon personnel teamed up with personnel from Philippine National Police (PNP) Municipal Police Station of Siocon, and planted a total of 200 bamboo culms at Lituban Riverbank, Barangay Lituban, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.
 
CENRO Imelda, on the other hand, planted 100 bamboo culms in Barangay Canaan and Barangay Lower Baluran, Municipality of Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.
 
A total of 516 bamboo culms were planted in multiple areas in Zamboanga Peninsula.
 
Planting bamboo is a great way to reduce carbon footprint and help ease global warming as it releases 35% more oxygen compared to an equivalent mass of trees and it is excellent in absorbing greenhouse gases.
 
Bamboo has a significant economic use and it is an excellent wood substitute. It is now being considered as “Green Gold” because of its variability in the global market along with its renewable resources.
 
DENR IX will continue to promote the importance of bamboo and its products to stakeholders in the pursuit to develop sustainable bamboo plantations.
 
Precautionary measures were observed during the activity in consideration to health protocol set by the local IATF.