MANILA - Furniture-maker Design Ventures said Thursday it was helping Cebu folk build sustainable a sustainable industry by using bamboo, a local resource.
The company, a member of the HoliCOW coalition of manufacturers, said it was focused on developing bamboo, which has over 200 species in the Philippines, Design Ventures owner Debbie Palao told ANC.
"I go to the communities and in the communities we do actual product development. We bring them up to the level acceptable to the local market and then later on hopefully we will be able to bring them up to export standards," Palao said.
Design Ventures is also working with NGOs like Habitat for Humanity, she said.