Engineered bamboo, a
promising agri-based industry in Southern Leyte
By ES GORNE, PIA Maasin
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Should the total log ban be effected as it is being now
considered among President Benigno S. Aquino III’s long-term
interventions to all the flooding that damaged lives, properties and
vital infrastructures in the country, then engineered bamboo lumber
could be one of the substitutes as hard wood.
DTI Southern Leyte
Provincial Director Michael Nuñez revealed during the DySL Kapihan sa
PIA last Thursday that thru engineering technology bamboo product
lines are expanded from furniture industry to bamboo lumber which
gathered a positive response from the construction sector.
Nuñez further said that other bamboo product lines which are newly
introduced in the local market includes plyboo (comparable to
plywood), bamboo lumber, bamboo chips, among others.
Consumers need not be
wary of engineered bamboo finished products from infiltration of
insects and eating up the insides of the indigenous material since
these are being treated with medicines, Nuñez added.
The said government
agency is eyeing the potentials of engineered bamboo industry since it
is easily grown at the backyards even. It will take only three to
five years that the plant could be harvested. That the bamboo plant
could also help environmental issues as such it has 30% more
absorption capacities than other plants, he added.
national government agency has been assisting various groups who are
engaged in the bamboo industry whether it be modern method or the
traditional way. Recently, the Southern Leyte Multipurpose Cooperative
(SLEM Coop) who is engaged in the bamboo industry is a recipient of a
P300,000 financial assistance from the national government.
province of Southern Leyte is losing about P300 Million from the abaca
industry every year since it stop production due the infestation of
the virus bunchy top. Before the infestation, the abaca industry
production was pegged at least 11,000 metric tons every year,
Provincial Director Nuñez disclosed.
He was also
apprehensive that the coconut industry in the province of Southern
Leyte is also endangered with the invasion of bronstispa pests, who
are indiscriminately sucking the young coconut leaves. That the
agriculture-based industry, which is presently yielding some P1-2
billion production every year, should be given utmost attention if
not, the coconut industry will face the same challenge as of the abaca
industry, God forbid.
He also urged the
stakeholders to keep abreast and to help monitor bronstispa attack in
their own backyards.