Bamboo bikes to pedal Guimaras’ drive to become Bike Paradise of the Philippines

Bambikes for Green Spark Project in Guimaras.

The Province of Guimaras adds new attraction to its Bike Paradise of the Philippines campaign with the launching of the Green Spark Project on December 7, 2020 at the Look-out Point 17, Brgy. M. Chavez, San Lorenzo, Guimaras.

The Green Spark Project which features bicycles made from bamboos or “Bambikes” promotes environmental awareness and sustainable tourism with the use of locally made bamboo.

The project was initiated by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in partnership with Guimaras Wind, Provincial Government of Guimaras, Bambike Revolution Cycles and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Lorenzo and LGU Buenavista.

Mr. Reagahn C. Alcantara, Lead Specialist of the Corporate Initiatives and Advocates Division-Office of the President of NGCP shared the rationale behind the initiative.
“Basically as the name connotes for itself “green spark” what we want to achieve here is to create a green revolution. We want to spark green revolution in the tourism sector. This Green Spark launching was supposed to happen on March kaso naabutan ng COVID-19 pandemic.

This is one way of NGCP to contribute in a little way to the economy of Guimaras. We hope that through this Spark Project we could appreciate more the beauty of biking. This project was pushed through the efforts of the NGCP and the partner agencies,” he said at the launching ceremony.

Green Spark aims to transform communities to green communities by generating sustainable livelihood while providing an ecotourism experience.

The project provides livelihood to local communities in the Municipality of San Lorenzo through ecotourism and low-impact development using the local renewable resource bamboo.

Ms. Elena Quezon, Provincial Economic Development Officer, said that the Province of Guimaras is in gratitude to NGCP who believe that the island has the potential of developing eco-tourism destinations.

“Bambike” is a social-enterprise that creates sustainable jobs in rural villages through hand crafted bamboo bikes.

Guimaras now offers Bambike Ecotours using these bamboo bikes to create unique and meaningful experiences off the beaten paths.
Likewise, “bambike” is also dedicated to growing the green economy and to sustain livelihood development.

Vice Mayor Constantino Cordero, Jr. of the Municipality of San Lorenzo expressed gratitude to all the stakeholders behind the endeavour.
“Ginakalipay ko gid sang daku ang pagpakita ninyo sang supporta sa banwa sang San Lorenzo. Kay nakita gid namon ang inyu enthusiast sa pagbulig kag pagsuporta sa amon banwa. Madamo gid nga salamat kag kabay pa nga mauswagon ang ini nga proyekto,” he said.

The program ends with a ceremonial biking headed by Ms. Lea Denise Belgira, Gold Medalist of women’s downhill mountain bike event of the Southeast Asian Games 2019.

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