By Glen S. Ramos
BANGUED, Abra – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (DENR-CENRO) of Abra province today conducted Bamboo Planting Activity in Brgy. Bonglo, Licuan-Baay, Sitio Banitog, Barangay Lusuac, Peñarrubia and in Lagangilang in celebration of “World Bamboo Day” with the theme “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan.”
The staff of DENR-CENRO Bangued planted more than 100 bamboo cuttings to raise awareness, protect natural resources and the environment, and to ensure sustainable utilization.
World Bamboo Day is celebrated annually every September 18, 2021. It was formally organized on September 18, 2009, in Bangkok and incorporated at the 8th World Bamboo Congress. The objective is to build consciousness about the fast-growing grass plant Bamboo.
Scientifically speaking, bamboo is not a tree but grass. They are a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family “Poaceae”.
There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. There is no prohibition on growing or cutting bamboo trees even outside the forests.
Bamboo has many uses, including furniture, food, biofuel, fabrics and even food – the bamboo shoots or what we call as “labong” are the edible part which can be cook into various viands.
It is the fastest-growing plant on Earth. In fact, the Chinese “moso” bamboo can grow almost a meter in a day.
Bamboo is also considered stronger than a tree, as it only sways around during typhoons and strong winds.
Like the Japanese proverb says: ‘The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” (AI/MTVN)