The Cagayan Valley Bamboo Industry Development Council (CVBIDC) signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to formally launch the creation of the CVBIDC during the 1st Tuguegarao City Arbor Day Celebration on 25 June 2021.

MOA Signing among members of the Cagayan Valley Bamboo Develoment Council

CVBIDC, chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry Region 2 (DTI-R2) and co-chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 2 (DENR-Region 2) is composed of 23 regional government agencies, academe, and private sector representatives including the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Cooperative Development Authority, National Economic and Development Authority, Technical Education And Skills Development Authority, Landbank of the Philippines Lending Center, Cagayan State University, Isabela State University, Nueva Viscaya State University, Quirino State University, Philippine Export, and Provincial Bamboo Industry Associations in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino.

“The council will serve as the region’s catalyst in implementing sustainable bamboo initiatives that would foster a healthy environment and economic development,” said Regional Director Leah Pulido Ocampo in her message during the virtual MOA signing as she expressed her gratitude to the City Government of Tuguegarao. “This momentous occasion marks the city’s and the council’s commitment to go hand in hand in this journey towards a unified cause, which is to champion life and livelihood for our local constituents by developing a thriving bamboo industry,” RD Ocampo added.

CVBIDC is the regional counterpart of the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC) that is tasked to promote a globally competitive bamboo industry with a sustainable resource base.
Bamboo, being one of the priority industries of DTI-Region 2 is a major part of the Tuguegarao One Million Trees Movement (TOMTM). The said movement aims to address the devastating effects of climate change through the planting of native trees and bamboo. ♦

Date of Release: 29 June 2021