BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
Growing bamboo trees to rehabilitate the Aklan riverbanks is one of the priorities of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Aklan.
The flood-prone barangay of Mobo in Kalibo, Aklan is the recipient of 1,800 bamboo trees which is budgeted under the Grassroots Participatory Project (GPP) from DENR.
Aklan River is the largest river system in the province traversing the towns of Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Malinao, Lezo, Numancia and Kalibo.
The massive planting of bamboo trees in the nine hectares along the Aklan River started last week by some 20 planters, according to Barangay Mobo village chief Wendell Tayco.
“Naumpisahan it manugtanum it mga butong ko dayang domingo para sa barangay Mobo,” he added.
Bamboo species are known to could mitigate strong current and water surge in the riverbanks and also a source of livelihood for the communities.
Research showed that botong (Gigantochloa levis) can be use to control soil erosion and to stabilize riverbanks especially during rainy season.
At least 16 native varieties of bamboos in the country propagated in upland communities.
DENR is also embarking environmental rehabilitation and climate change mitigation in other regions.