The House committee on agriculture and food chaired by Quezon Rep. Wilfrido Mark Enverga adopted last Friday a resolution declaring September as the Philippine Bamboo Month to honor the importance of the crop in the life of Filipinos.
The panel approved House Resolution 197 authored by Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Rep. Deogracias Victor Savellano.
The resolution also seeks to mandate all government agencies, including local government units (LGUs), to celebrate “Philippine Bamboo Month” by planting bamboo in suitable areas within their jurisdiction.
Savellano said 10 years ago, countries around the world celebrated the First World Bamboo Day in Bangkok, Thailand and dedicated the day to honor the bamboo.
He added that bamboo is the ubiquitous construction material of the country, particularly in the rural areas, and millions of Filipino farmers and fisherfolk depend on it for their livelihood.
The resolution further states that Filipinos cannot go about their daily chores without using one or two utensils made of bamboo.
Moreover, bamboo shoots are providing nutritious food not only in the rural areas but also as ingredient in recipes in expensive and leading restaurants in the country, it states.
He mentioned that the world-famous Bamboo Organ can be found only in the Philippines. High quality designer furniture and handicrafts from the country are also made of bamboo and is becoming a medium for carving.