Senator Cynthia Villar, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform, spearheaded the launch and inaugural of the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council’s Shared Service Facility (PBIDC-SSF) and its office. PBIDC’s primary goal is to propel the Philippines’ vision for bamboo industrialization.
The PBIDC-SSF is situated within the Center for Innovation and Technology for Enterprise (CITE) in Marikina City, boasting a well-equipped environment featuring training machinery, essential tools, functional spaces, an in-house training and offices. Furthermore, CITE also has a Bambusetum, a depository of bamboo genetic species.
PBIDC-IDC provides comprehensive training on bamboo propagule production and bamboo product processing. This initiative aims to bolster the global bamboo industry, which generates $70 billion in annual revenue and is projected to reach $100 billion by the end of 2030.
Also present at the event to lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony were EDC Vice Chair Sergio Ortiz Luis Jr., President of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) and Honorary Chair of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), as well as Undersecretary Deogracias Victor Savellano of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and DTI Regional Leah Pulido Ocampo. JVL