The E-Kawayan Manufacturing plant is housed in the five-hectare MVC Techno-Demo Farm in Barangay Tangcarang, Alaminos, in the province of Pangasinan. It is said that the facility will serve thousands of families, including bamboo growers and farmers in the city and neighboring areas.
The Engineered Kawayan project is turning the city into a bamboo capital of Pangasinan, producing products while pushing for massive cultivation of the plant. The E-Kawayan Project will help bolster the socio-economic development and ecological stability of the city of Alaminos.
The re-engineered kawayan project was funded by the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). The initial proposal by the city government was sent in 2009 and was approved in 2011 through a memorandum agreement. In 2012, the PHP 31 million worth of funding was provided to Alaminos City.
The fund helped settle the engraving machine, human resources management, and tissue culture laboratory, among others. However, the city government noted the excess of PHP 15 million from the provided funding. The project uses Kawayan Tinik, which turns out wasn’t suitable for tissue culture. Thus, they requested PAGCOR to let them use the remaining funds for covering additional machines.
The sustainable development project re-engineers bamboos into wood-like lumber materials to make and produce products. Engineered bamboo is produced by laminating two or more layers of crushed split (or veneered bamboo), which can be turned into engineered floors, tarble tops, furniture, and more. The technology was developed by Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
The E-Kawayan factory can produce school chairs that can be sold at reasonable rates to public schools around the country. The manufacturing plant has ready markets in government departments (e.g., Department of Education) and private organizations to support their products.
They also use a computer-guided laser printing machine for imprinting text on the bamboo wood. The project started with keychain products. Now, they have expanded their range to making chairs, souvenir items, plaques, trophies, tables, lampshades, and anything their clients ask.