Personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte led by CENR Officer George Laolao, in collaboration with DENR-PENRO Zamboanga del Norte together with the members of the Peoples Organization of Bamboo Integrated Works Association, Dagohoy Subanen Hillside Farmers Association including the BLGU officials of Dagohoy and Tinaplan, Municipality of Sindangan planted 230 giant bamboo culms along the hillside portion of Barangay Dagohoy, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte on Sept 17, 2021.
The activity was conducted to celebrate World Bamboo Day on September 17 with the theme "Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan".
Before the planting activity, a lecture was given by resource speakers from the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau - Forest and Wetland Research Development and Extension Center on the potentials, opportunities and various uses of Bamboo products as well as its propagation, production, plantation establishment, maintenance and care to increase their level of awareness and support to Bamboo.
Bamboo is considered as the green gold because of its importance and variety of uses. It is highly recognized as the best alternative for wood and also helps in climate change mitigation by storing large amount carbon dioxide. It has been the advocacy of DENR Sectary Roy A. Cimatu to use bamboo species in the rehabilitation of degraded forestlands.