LUINAB, Iligan City

Four local government employees, five persons with disabilities and five farmers of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental completed a 5-day Training on Bamboo-Engineering here, April 11-15.

Ofelia Pelaez, Focal Person on Bottom-Up Governance of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental, one of the participants, said that the five persons with Disabilities (PWD) and five farmers were led by Dario Caralde and Lope Agbu, respectively.

In an interview, Mayor Rommel Maslog of the said municipality told this writer that he sent the trainees here because during the Training on Basic Node Operation and Engineered Bamboo Production conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Province of Misamis Oriental in his municipality, a few months ago, he was convinced that the Trainer, Robert Palomares, a former Kagawad of Luinab, “knows what he was talking about.”

Palomares told this writer that the Basic Node Operation Module dealt on Bamboo “Slatting;” Preliminary Treatment against Borers; and Drying.

He said that the Training here involved Planing and Surface Development, Binding/Gluing, Final Planing, Sizing, Assembling, Sanding, Polishing (Finishing), and Packaging.

At the end of the training the participants went home with their finished armchairs and bamboo tiles.

Mayor Maslog revealed that his trainees plan to supply armchairs in Makati, Metro Manila.

According to him the School Board Fund of that City is equivalent to the total Budget of Cagayan de Oro City.

Palomares said that he wants to share the technology to as many people as possible because he believes that, “bamboo, a kind of grass today, will be the wood of tomorrow.”

He, a member of the Confederation of Philippine Exporters, Inc., a non-government organization under the DTI, added that the market is big and he alone cannot cope with the demand.

It was learned that he also designs and fabricates his bamboo-processing machines to ensure excellent product quality standards.

He explained that it takes 20 years to grow a tree mature enough for lumber production and when it is cut down, it takes another 20 years to grow and have another mature tree.

On the other hand, Palomares explained, that a bamboo will be mature enough for harvest after 5 to 7 years.

“Since a bamboo grows shoots, it lives for a long time if not forever, thus harvesting of mature bamboos will go on and on,” Palomares concluded.

Bamboo growing provides opportunities for employment to people and higher incomes to farmer-growers.

Engineered bamboo wood is now being used in the production of bamboo lumber, floor tiles, panel boards, top boards, furniture and everything traditionally made of wood.


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