Task Force Best Action for Mobilizing Barangay Organizations for Opportunities in Education, Environment and Entrepreneurship (BAMBOO 3E) has been formed in Northern Mindanao.

Described as a multi-sectoral approach to enhance environmental education and entrepreneurship formation among children, BAMBOO 3E aims to address the concern on climate change by the elementary, secondary, and tertiary schools of the region.

The said task force advocates for bamboo to be planted along the riverbanks because of its potential for preventing soil erosion and entreprenueral value to the students,” Regional Director Luz Almeda of the Dept. of Education (DepEd), Region 10, said.

“We want to start them young in taking care of the environment by educating them how to plant trees, grow them, and then develop their entrepreneural skills using the bamboo as a means to sustain their lives,” she said.

The composition of TF BAMBOO 3E and their respective tasks is as follows: DepEd, as chair, provides manpower for the planting and growing of the bamboo seedlings into trees and making the tree guards to ensure their safe growth from destructive animals.

Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST), as vice-chair, provides the technology for the processing of the bamboo trees into school furniture, such as, school desks, blackboards, book shelves, book stands, book ends, etc.

Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in coordination with the local government units (LGU),identifies the planting areas, coordinates with its land owners and arranges for the security of its protection and maintenance of the bamboo growing process.

Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Dept. of Agriculture (DA) for technical assistance in procurement of seedlings and tree growing.

Also included in the TF are the Dept. of Tourism (DOT), Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) for the information, education, and advocacy drive of the project.

Meanwhile, DepEd-10 has identified several pilot areas for planting bamboo trees: Barangays Lingating and Langawon in Baungon; and Bukidnon and Mambuaya, Gusa and Iponan, in Cagayan de Oro City.

So far, Almeda said DepEd has allocated P200,000 for the purchase of bamboo seedlings, while DOST has promised to put up a bamboo processing plant worth P1.2M in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. (PIA)

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