The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) will push through with the planting of bamboo along river banks in three identified sites in Catanduanes under its Build Back Better project.
Last Feb. 9, 2021, the DENR-PENRO Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar spearheaded the launching of the project in the province at barangay Manambrag in San Andres, Catanduanes.
With the theme “Protect Rivers Today, Save Lives Tomorrow”, the project aims to stabilize riverbanks and river easements through a series of bamboo planting activities in Manambrag and two other sites in Virac and Viga towns.
The project is an offshoot of the partnership between the DENR, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to rehabilitate stream banks and river easements through the planting of bamboo under the Food for Work Program.
The Feb. 9 launching activity was participated by representatives from the provincial government headed by Gov. Joseph C. Cua, San Andres LGU headed by Mayor Peter C. Cua, representatives from DSWD, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technolgy (DOST), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), DILG, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army, the Barangay Council and community members of Manambrag, and DENR PENRO Catanduanes employees.
On the other hand, DENR Regional Office was represented by the Chief of Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division, Forester Ferdinand L. Baltazar, and staff, technical personnel from the Conservation and Development Division, and staff from the Office of the Assistant Regional Director for Special Concerns.
One of the highlights of the activity was the distribution of food packs from DSWD to the twenty (20) identified beneficiaries of the barangay who are tasked to monitor the planted bamboo propagules to ensure 100% survival rate as part of maintenance and protection activity. A total of 1,009 bamboo propagules were planted along the riverbank of Manambrag.
The activity is pursuant to the implementation of the Executive Order 120 wherein one of the identified Key Result Area (KRA 6) is the Intensified Watershed Management in which DENR is the lead agency. Likewise, a priority activity of said KRA is the river bank stabilization and river easement recovery.
Planting is supposed to continue in the two other sites but the lack of adequate bamboo propagules prevented this from happening. An official source said that 57,143 propagules is needed to accomplish the P2-million project in Catanduanes.