The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be holding a Bamboo Expo for hundreds of bamboo entrepreneurs, processors, school and advocates this coming September 22 -24, 2017 at Robinsons Place Dumaguete City. This is inclined to the earlier celebration of World Bamboo Day held on September 18, 2017.
The Bamboo Expo will be celebrated with the aim of showcasing the different used and importance of bamboo to the local economy and the environment. Different trade fairs, booths, lectures, and video presentations will be set during the expo to help achieve DTI’s goal. During the expo, a non-government organization from Manjuyod called UGKAT of Silliman University (SU) Divinity and Silaw will also be performing a musical presentation using bamboo.
There are four themes that will be carried throughout the expo namely:
- “Bamboo in Shelter and Structure” – where different bamboo huts and FU’s Studio Damgo construction will be featured
- “Bamboo as Food” – showcasing how bamboo shoots (dabong in native terms) are used for processing food by the Dumaguete City Agriculture Office
- “Bamboo as a Green Transport” – featuring the Bayaw-Ani bamboo bicycles from Bayawan City
- “Bamboo in the Arts and Crafts” – where wood on strings souvenir items and bamboo-based music instruments can be showcased
Aside from the DTI handling the development of bamboo business in local industries, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be in charge in developing its management and proper growth in the environment. According to Jose Julio Somido of DTI, there are more than 300 hectares of bamboo sporadically planted in Negros Oriental that may be developed and maximized into high-quality bamboo usage for design and craftsmanship.