In support to Climate Change Adaptation Campaign and sustainable enterprise development, Governor Arthur Dodo Pingoy of South Cotabato issued Executive Order No. 5 creating the South Cotabato Provincial Bamboo Industry Development Council and finally the Institutionalization of the Kawayan Festival on February 15, 2011.
The Bamboo Council
The signing of EO 5 is in conjunction with the opening of the 2011 Kawayan Festival. Governor Arthur Pingoy said that the creation of the bamboo council is a step to harmonize all bamboo related efforts through convergence of all activities. “By way of creating a council, the bamboo industry in the Province will surely prosper”, he stressed. The signing of EO was also witnessed by RuMEPP Program Manager Jerry T. Clavesillas.
The Bamboo Council is composed of the following agencies: Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education, TESDA, Department of Agricultiure (OPAG), Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEM), ProTech, Chamber of Commerce, and industry stakeholders/ associations (craft, furniture makers and bamboo growers).
Bamboo Forum and Industry Planning
Immediately after the public signing of EO 5, the members and stakeholders of Bamboo Council attended the Bamboo Forum and Industry Planning on February 16-18, 2011. The activity was supported by the Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) and co-facilitated by the Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO). The activity crafted the five year Bamboo industry Development Plan of South Cotabato (2011-2016).
The forum also highlighted inputs and related strategies of agencies like TESDA, DBP, PENRO, OPAG, OPAG, DTI, DepEd, and PEMO. Executive Director Franklin Bunoan, of the CITC set the direction of the activity being the keynote speaker. Regional counterparts present during the activity were RD Ibrahim Guiamadel of DTI, Ma. Felicidad Guerrero represented NEDA, Dr. Bighani Manipula represented DENR, and PD Maisalam Macarimbang represented TESDA.