Issue of February 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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Billion–dollar bamboo trade potentials stressed
by Art Tibaldo

BAMBOO ARTISAN -- Cordillera-based entrepreneur Rovilyn Mayat-an is one of the many bamboo craft artisans in the region who proved that the lowly bamboo plant could indeed be a source of steady income. Mayat-an, who has a workplace in Barangay Asin Road, is one of the success stories featured during the Bamboo Techno-Investment Forum and Roadshow conducted by Department of Trade and Industry-CAR. -- Art Tibaldo

The Department of Trade and Industry has highlighted the advantages of the Cordillera in terms of resources to grow crops and forest products, including bamboo, which represents a global market worth billions of dollars.

During the recent Bamboo Techno-Investment Forum, DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo told  the 200 participants that bamboo can help boost the Cordillera’s  economy because of the ready markets for the commodity.

Philippine Bamboo Foundation President Edgardo Manda also pointed out investment opportunities, market trends, and economic significance of bamboo.

He invited the participants to the Kawayanan of St. Francis Xavier Seminary in Baguio where different species are cultivated for planting.

National Industry Cluster Coordinator for Bamboo Judith Angeles, DTI Region 3 director, presented the programs and projects of the Philippine Bamboo Industry Coordinating Council that support the development of the bamboo industry in the country.

Minda Odsey of the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center-Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said the upland provinces of the region are ideal for bamboo propagation.

Assistant Regional Director Augusto Lagon of DENR-Cordillera and Engr. Ernesto Aton of the National Greening Program encouraged farmers to increase their bamboo plantations, saying it is not only used against erosion and for soil protection but also because harvesting is less prohibitive unlike timber.

Dr. Rico Jariel Cabangoon, head and research specialist of the Engineered Products Development Section of the Forest Products Research and Development Institute, discussed various technology innovations and consultancy activities that the office offers to entrepreneurs engaged in bamboo.

Carlo Balneg of Carlo’s Bamboocraft from Abra shared how he started small and joined DTI’s trade fairs until finally an exporting firm from Cebu ordered P4.6 million worth of bamboo placemats.

Balneg said through bamboo, he was able to employ 120 members of his barangay and send his siblings to college.

Entrepreneur Rovilyn Mayat-an, a consistent participant to DTI’s annual Impakabsat trade fair narrated how she developed her products to suit the growing demands of buyers.

She combines hand woven fabrics with traditional baskets made of bamboo and also introduced pouches, body bags, and a unique product she calls “anti-depressant bag” that users can hug when sad and lonely.

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Baguio Country Club
Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

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