E-Kawayan project gets P31M

Hon. Hernani A. Braganza, city mayor of Alaminos, spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony of the site for the Hundred Islands E-Kawayan  Factory at Barangay Tangcarang, Alaminos City, Pangasinan on March 28.

The groundbreaking was one of the highlights of the annual Gali-la Hundred Islands Festival. This project has been made possible through a funding grant  from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) amounting to PhP 31 million pesos.

This project endeavors to put in place a fully functional E-Kawayan factory in Alaminos City which will drive the development of a dynamic bamboo industry in the Ilocos Region. Along with the establishment of E-kawayan factory as the major component of the project, it also includes among others equipment modernization, human resource development, bamboo nursery establishment, bamboo plantation, and a tissue culture laboratory.

Additionally, the project aims to significantly contribute to poverty reduction, climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction management; and renewable and sustainable development. Particularly, the project  endeavours to expand the E-Kawayan processing hub; promote public-private partnerships; supply DepEd requirements for chairs, tables, furniture and fixtures, produce construction and building materials; and eventually make the city of  Alaminos as the regional center for bamboo industry.

In his speech, Braganza praised and thanked the Ilocos Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (ILARRDEC) through the consortium director, Dr. Stanley C. Malab for introducing the E-kawayan technology in the city and for equipping their out of school youth and farmers with the skills needed in the bamboo industry.  He expressed his hopes that through this project, the city of Alaminos will be one step closer to attaining its goals of poverty reduction through the creation of new businesses and  job opportunities brought by the demand of E-Kawayan desks, chairs and other furniture.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the city government of Alaminos and the Nippon Skilled Volunteers Association (NISVA) for the Short Courses Program to be conducted

The groundbreaking activity was attended by the different agencies, institutions, and government and non-government organizations to incude among others the Western Pangasinan Chamber of Commerce; Bamboo Producers in Alaminos City; Department of Science & Technology, Forest Products Research & Development Institute; Department of Interior and Local Government; Department of Education; Mariano Marcos State University; Department of Environment & Natural Resources; Department of Agrarian Reform; Department of Trade & Industry;  Department of Tourism and PAGCOR.