"Kung magtutulong-tulong tayo, magagawa natin", says Congressman Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco in his inspirational message during the Bamboo Roadshow held at Marinduque State College Audio Visual Room on July 20, 2017.

Congressman Velasco is pushing for the bamboo industry in the Province of Marinduque through convergence of the different Government Agencies, Non-Government Agencies, Academe, People's Organization, private sector and other stakeholders. His vision to make Marinduque the bamboo capital of the Philippines has directed to organize the said activity through the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) in collaboration with the Marinduque State College (MSC) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Marinduque.

The said Bamboo Roadshow was conducted to impart the greater picture of the bamboo industry nowadays. Venturing into Bamboo industry is a good livelihood opportunity for the communities.However, its potential can be fully attained through continued collaboration between government and the private sector in making roadmaps for its growth and development.

Meanwhile, PENRO Imelda M. Diaz, in her message, calls for support among stakeholders and partners in this endeavor. She empahized that the convergence is a collaboration among various stakeholders which plays important roles in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources. She also added the sustainable integrated area development approach adopted by the DENR in order to attain sustainable livelihood among communities to lessen the pressure on natural resources like wood/timber products and to promote ecotourism development as well.    

"Pangalagaan natin ang ating kalikasan at aalagaan din nila tayo", said PENRO Diaz as she concluded her message.

Lastly, President of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation, Inc. Edgardo C. Manda and his staff discussed the sustainable bamboo production, management, utilization and marketing to benefit the communities through different bamboo products. ###