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Bamboo as source of earning for Small Scale Miners in QUEZON CITY, Philippines

The Small Scale miners of Paracale town in Camarines Norte will be funded by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for planting Bamboo and Mangrove saplings as part of livelihood generation exercise and government's plan of expanding the bamboo and mangrove plantations to fight climate change. The move will also curb the illegal mining practices prevalent in the area as it uses mercury which is harmful for environment and public health.
The Environment Secretary Gina Lopez asked the miners to get involved in more sustainable livelihood practices which will help environment as well as earn a decent livelihood.
"Plant bamboo. Plant mangroves. Identify marine sanctuaries. I want you to be the first to benefit from the resources that you can find in your area before others do. I will help you,¡± Lopez said. (DENR)
In a recent climate change conference held in Morocco the Environment secretary of Philippines said that the country will embark on a massive expansion of mangrove and bamboo plantations to strengthen the ecological and economic resilience of local communities in the face of climate change and its devastating impacts.
Philippines in 2010 has also issued an executive order requiring use of bamboo in at least 25 % of desk and furniture requirement of public schools and giving priority to bamboo in construction and furniture requirement of government facilities.

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