Industry Strategic Science and Technology Plans (ISPs) Platform

Addressing Policy Constraints and Information Needs

In 2017, a PCAARRD-funded project, “Creating an Enabling Environment for a Vibrant Philippine Bamboo Industry: Addressing Policy Constraints and Information Needs, “ was implemented by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) under the leadership of Dr. Ramon A. Razal. This policy research aimed to generate science-based evidence supporting a policy environment more favorable policy for investing in bamboo in the Philippines. It sought to analyze the content of all relevant policies affecting bamboo, examine the existing gaps and challenges, develop policy recommendations to address such constraints, and promote a new bamboo policy to policymakers and stakeholders. The study also aimed to establish an IT-supported bamboo database and information system. This research brief highlights the importance of advocating for the new policy options backed by research.