DOST pushes for more bamboo product innovation in Negros Occidental
BACOLOD CITY, Dec. 27 (PNA) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is pushing for the development of more innovative bamboo products in Negros Occidental to tap the industry’s huge potential.
DOST-Negros Island Region Director Engineer Rowen Gelonga, who concurrently heads the DOST-Western Visayas, said in a report Tuesday that bamboo is a natural and renewable resource which holds so much potential.
Gelonga added that bamboo is currently used for handicraft and furniture making, but even in these traditional areas, there is still need to innovate.
“Even in the construction industry, we still have to maximize the potential of bamboo,” he said, adding that “it is a very good construction material but our level of technology in utilizing the commodity has yet to be improved.”
DOST has provided PHP1 million worth of equipment to the province’s Bamboo Innovation Center, which is being constructed at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Through the center, the DOST is eyeing to partner with other institutions like the academe as well as with different government agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for various product development initiatives.
Through this collaboration, Gelonga said there will be a mass of new technologies vital in producing products that are viable in the market.
“We have done a lot for bamboo, but there are still a lot to be done,” he added.
The Provincial Enterprise Development and Investment Center (PEDIC) had earlier said that under the province’s Bamboo Development Plan, addressing the production aspect is currently its main concern.
For DOST, Gelonga said supply and market are two areas where the government should step in.
“On our side what we are trying to focus on would be developing the market through producing new products so that eventually the production side or the availability of the raw material can be pulled up,” he said.
Market and product development should be pushed for people to realize that