Bamboo Business in Mindanao - Technote Bamboo Phils.Inc.
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Global situation is facing a number of problems to which bamboo could
provide a partial solution. There is a near certainty of wood shortage
in the near future. Compounding that is the withdrawal from wood
production of forests for conservation reasons. The world population is
becoming more urbanized. When employment is provided in rural areas
there is a wish that it should have the appropriate scale and adequate
local participation in decision-making.
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Philippines had suffered tremendous effect of the triple typhoon plus
the Low Pressure area that leaves part of the Luzon coastal towns and
areas near the lake to be submerged in water until Christmas. These
areas had just recovered from typhoon “Reming” and “Sendong” when
“Habagat” sits on them. Visayas had been shattered with earthquakes and
flashfloods. Moreover, almost every part of the Philippines was
suffering from nature’s vendetta. Mindanao, being an isolated part of
the country, almost spared from the Gaia’s wrath, it was also isolated
from developmental support. It keeps being a reigning “Land of Promise”.
Thus, to have a partial impact on these problems, a solution is needed
that has the following characteristics; 1.) A product can be produced
that substitutes for wood in the widest range of uses. 2.) The
production of that product has positive environmental impacts. 3.) The
product can be made in a rural environment to assist in reducing the
pressure of urbanization. 4.) The scale of production should be such
that rural people are not displaced by it and can participate
meaningfully in the activity.
Industry Development based on bamboo can definitely provide part of the
answer. Bamboo products do substitute widely for wood-based products.
Bamboo is an easy plant to propagate and can be grown in small clumps on
fallowed land on farms. Bamboo farming therefore has the appropriate
scale for people's involvement. Bamboo is friendlier to the environment
than many agricultural high value crops. Bamboo industries moreover can
be created at craft and artisan level with maximum community involvement
and relatively low to zero capital requirements. Bamboo based
industries can therefore provide the time and space for evolutionary
development of the rural economy.
Learning from the terrain of Mindanao which has two large catch basins
which are Agusan Marsh in Caraga Region and the largest, Liguawasan
Marsh in Central Mindanao are holding the torrential rainwater from two
elevated areas formed by volcanoes, namely the Mt. Apo in Kidapawan City
and the Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon Province. The two marshes are rich
with freshwater fish and the surrounding flatland is the rice bowl of
Mindanao. The forests are gone and the precipitation can’t be hold long
by banana hemp and high value crops, flooding in lowlands is a perennial
problem, devastating the staple food -rice. Bamboo is foreseen as the
solution for the high value crops does not contain the problem, none the
less, it worsen the environmental situation and promising farmers with
The term “sustainable industry” refers not only to environmental issues,
but also covers economical and social issues The sustainability value
of bamboo industries is assessed based on a definition of “sustainable
industry”, from which strategies for improvement of sustainable bamboo
products are proposed. These tribulations could somehow be deciphered
partially by planting bamboo and looking for possibility of greater
market expanse. Pre-fab housing in western countries and in Japan are
most preferred and the European Market is going for green materials e.g.
bamboo and other renewable materials.
A 30 years old precision designing company, TCN Technote Ltd. Co., owned
and managed by Engr. Aki Tsuji, from the bustling city of Hamamatsu in
Shizouka-ken, the birthplace of Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha, is coming to
Philippines, more particularly in Kidapawan City, the most central part
of Mindanao, will bring 12 sets of high precision machines to process
Engineered Bamboo from the bamboo stand of Mindanao. This was made
possible from the correspondence of Dr. Masaru Imada, a retired General
Manager of Meiji Co. Ltd of Japan, the giant confectionary company which
manufactures world famous chocolates and nougats.
Being a Mechanical Engineer by profession, Aki Tsuji was able to build
and design a bamboo glider and borrowed aeronautical ideas from his
uncle Miki Tadanao, who designed Yokosuka P1Y Ginga (“Frances”) attack
bomber and the kamikaze (Cherry Blossoms) warplanes of the World War II.
After the war, his uncle invented the famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
which is made of lightweight alloys and derived the aerodynamic design
of a plane. Aki and his Team Oceanman eventually bagged the championship
trophy last 2007 for his bamboo glider flew a distance of 153.1 meters.
Last 2007, Engr. Aki Tsuji started to conduct series of test with bamboo
and he had successfully composed thin sheets of bamboo veneers. He
believed that bamboo will replace strong alloys and can be utilized in
various ways, according to Tsuji Aki, which most of the time, invents
the machine in developing the production process of engineered bamboo.
He eventually produced thin sheets of bamboo veneers manufactured from
his invented veneering machine.
Engr. Tsuji Aki is having a vision of employing 10,000 Mindanaoans when
year 2017 comes and onward. This would probably lessen the poverty rate
in a very dramatic way. The domino effect of the development he would be
bringing in Mindanao will bear its mark in the future, the passion for
the environment and the selfless living in this world. TCN Bamboo
Incorporated will produce and export bamboo based products of pre-fab
housing materials, ply boards, planks, panels, home furnishings and
furniture. Sales and machine designing will also be one of the main
business activity and other allied services which bespeak bamboo.