TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Catbalogan and the provincial government of Samar will be partnering in the implementation of a bamboo production livelihood project.
The undertaking is a brainchild of Governor Sharee Ann Tan which aims to promote the growth of giant bamboo for sustainable livelihoods in several barangays across the province.

BAMBOO PLANTING. The provincial government of Samar and the city government of Catbalogan are to conduct bamboo-planting program that will not only provide job opportunities to villagers but more so, serve as protection against flooding. (PHOTO COURTESY)

The project, to be implemented within five years, is expected to bring socio-economic impact to the community as this would augment their income and provide them employment.

In Catbalogan City, the project is targeted to be implemented in the villages of Totoringon, Lobo, Libas, Albalate, and Cagutian.

A meeting between the city government, represented by Vice Mayor Coefredo Uy, and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Officer Wilfredo Lacambra was held last week where they presented the project to the city government officials who were accompanied by City Administrator Atty. Dennis Cosmod, City Agriculturist Rafael Llauderes, and City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgardo M. Guya.

Lacambra informed Uy that a total of 210 individuals from the city will benefit the project providing them sustainable livelihood opportunities and at the same will also enhance the environmental management of the city.

About 200 of the beneficiaries will be assigned to plant bamboo, while 10 are going to be assigned as geotaggers who will be responsible for documenting and monitoring the progress of the planted bamboo samplings, Lacambra said.

He added that each beneficiary will receive a daily allowance during the project’s clearing, preparation, and planting stages.

The city government of Catbalogan welcomes this project as this supports two development agendas of the city namely which are #KalibunganKatbalogan for Environmental Protection and Management and #KasiguraduhanKatbalogan for Food Security and Agricultural Development.