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Sharon Garin echoes Greta Thunberg’s call for concrete climate action

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The growing movement to address climate change has prompted AAMBIS-OWA party-list Rep. Sharon Garin to push anew for the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act of 2019, which aims to promote the sustainable management and appropriate utilization of the country’s bamboo resources.

Bamboo, often tagged as the “grass of life,” is seen as instrumental in mitigating climate change due to its vast environmental contribution, the deputy speaker said.

She echoed the call of 16-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg for world leaders to take concrete actions in saving the world from destructive practices.

As a strong proponent of the bill since the 15th Congress, Garin maintained that the bill’s passage would play a big role in the country’s efforts to minimize carbon footprints while simultaneously supporting livelihood programs that target Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), the marginalized sector, the unemployed, and retrenched Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

“This is an opportune time to utilize bamboo, both economically and environmentally,” she said.

“Bamboo has properties of fast growth and rejuvenation after cutting, which makes it a harvestable yield every one to two years once maturity is reached,” she added.

“It recuperates on its own as well. Replanting is not required and needs minimal tending. As to its environmental importance, bamboo can lock carbon in its fiber and in the soil where it grows. It also regulates water flow and reduces water erosion,” Garin explained.

Garin’s House Bill 3373 mandates the creation of the 10-year Philippine Bamboo Framework for Development.

The framework is a systematic, multi-pronged approach that shall serve as a guide in the formulation and implementation of plans, projects, programs, and policies concerning the Philippine bamboo industry.