ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Sept 18 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Rizal provincial office is promoting the bamboo industry as one of the flagship projects in the province under the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (NICCEP).
The NICCEP program aims to intensify the promotion and development of bamboo as a focused industry in Rizal. Thus, a bamboo industry stakeholders’ consultative meeting was conducted yesterday at the Hap Chan Restaurant in Antipolo City.
The meeting aims to gather stakeholders and industry players engaged in production, processing, supplying, support services, marketing, financing, academe, advocacy and promotion of bamboo for livelihood and economic development both in the public and private sector.
Present during the meeting were representatives from local government units, University of Rizal System, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agrarian Reform, MFI Foundation (formerly Meralco Foundation Inc.) and the Rizal provincial government.
Executive Director Franklin Bonoan of the Cottage Industry Technology Center discussed the E-Bamboo Program and the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Program. Planning Officer Angelito Amoroso of the provincial government presented the bamboo situationer in the province.
Meanwhile, Director Mercedes Parreño of DTI Rizal provided information on the National Bamboo Summit to be conducted on October 2 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City and for the eventual holding of the Provincial Bamboo Industry Congress sometime in October 2012. (DTI-Rizal)