Regional directors and division/city schools superintendents of the Department of Education (DepEd) have been directed to prioritize planting bamboo trees during tree-planting activities in their areas of responsibility.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro, in DepEd Memorandum No. 102 issued June 18, made as basis for such issuance the Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 30, s. 2012, from the Office of the President, a copy of which has been enclosed in the DepEd memo.

Described to be self-explanatory by Secretary Luistro, MC 30, entitled “Directing the Full Implementation of the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development (PBID) Program,” was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. May 30.

MC 30 enjoins all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the national government, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, and local government units to support the full implementation of the PBID Program.

DTI has intensified the campaign to plant bamboo trees as a way to adapt to climate change and because of the benefits it brings to the environment, as these cannot be easily uprooted and carried away by the flashfloods because the roots are deeply anchored to the ground.

In Misamis Occidental, DTI and DepEd has signed an agreement for a bamboo-planting program, wherein DepEd will encourage school pupils to plant bamboo trees and DTI to process bamboos in the production of school furniture and fixtures, such as cabinets, school desks, tables, book shelves, and many more. These furniture and fixtures will be used by DepEd.

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