January 15, 2019 at 09:30 pm
Ben Moses Ebreo
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya —The provincial government and SN Aboitiz Power Magat (SNAP-Magat) will venture into a Bamboo Plantation Project to reinforce denuded areas in the province and provide livelihood for community villagers.
Forester Tito Tanguilig, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer, said the BPP will be established in a 10-hectare area inside the Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park in barangay San Luis in Diadi town.
SNAP-Magat’s P700,000 corporate social responsibility fund was already downloaded to the provincial government to fund the BPP, he said.
Tanguilig also said the BPP will be implemented based on the agreement signed between Governor Carlos Padilla and Engineer Wilhelmino Ferrer, assistant vice president and plant manager of SNAP-Magat.
“Based on the MOA, we will be managing the BPP, which will be planted with various bamboo varieties and if this will be successful, we will use these bamboos to strengthen and protect slopping agricultural and protected areas,” he added.
Tanguilig said they will be tapping farmers and other community organizations in the planting and management of bamboo plantations in various areas.
“These organizations can also partner with us for possible livelihood ventures using bamboo varieties in their areas,” he said.
Provincial government officials also added that they will be collaborating with the Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, among others, for the possible livelihood component of the BPP.