In line with the 32nd Philippine Environment Month, the City Government of Panabo launched its first Bamboo Sanctuary on June 30, 2020 with the theme “Protect nature, Sustain our Future #HealNature4OurFuture”. This activity was observed on the celebration that coincides with the World Environment Day on June 5.

Approximately, 220 seedlings with seven (7) bamboo species were planted at the sanctuary site, Purok 3, Barangay New Malitbog, Panabo City, namely; Buddha-belly Bamboo, Variegated Bamboo, Black Bamboo, Golden Bamboo, Pole Bamboo, Giant Bamboo, and Laak Bamboo.

According to CENRO Department Head Engr. Felix Jonasses P. Senajon, “Panabo City Bamboo Sanctuary promotes the Engineered Bamboo Industry of Davao del Norte as alternative products of timber, supports eco-tourism and provides local livelihood opportunities, and serves as climate change mitigation.”

The month of June was declared as Philippine Environment Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1988 by then President Corazon Aquino to promote environmental awareness among Filipinos.

“With this, we can start building a better world with a simple effort and protect our environment from harm, creating a secure and sustainable environment by replacing the old nature-destructive habits into eco-friendly ways of living,” added Engr. Senajon.

The launching activity was initiated by the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources and participated by representatives of each department/office in the City Government of Panabo including the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) Personnel.

| Recson Engalgado/CENRO

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