The Provincial Government of South Cotabato will be celebrating the 2011 Kawayan Festival on February 16-21, 2011. The Festival will showcase bamboo as a growing industry and as a potential industry to contribute to climate change adaptation.
Significantly, the Festival will celebrate also the cultural and heritage importance of bamboo through showcasing events like Laro Kawayan (Filipino indigenous games that uses bamboo) and other cultural presentations. Likha Kawayan is another activity that will showcase the crafts that are made mostly of bamboo. The Festival will also showcase furniture that are made of bamboo.
On the other hand, the Hon. Governor Arthur Dodo Pingoy Jr. is expected to sign an Executive Order creating the Provincial Bamboo Industry Council (PBIC). The PBIC will be in-charge of promoting the cultural, economic and environmental importance of bamboo.
The Festival will be supported by the Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) of the Department of Trade and Industry. RuMEPP is an IFAD assisted program of the Government of the Philippines. Other government sponsors include the Department of Science and Technology and educational institutions in South Cotabato.