Cimatu mulls making Panay the PH’s ‘Bamboo Capital’

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In his recent “New Year’s Call,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he wants Panay to become the country’s “Bamboo Capital.”

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources plans to bamboo across 13,050 hectares on the island, according to Cimatu.

The secretary said that bamboo helps mitigate the effects of climate change because it can absorb 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare annually, improves air quality, helps cool temperatures, and maintains soil stability. (

Meanwhile, Cimatu pushed for the strict enforcement of forest protection policies and the implementation of the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, and Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

He likewise discouraged open burning.