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An exciting new chapter in scientific collaboration between the Philippines and China has been unveiled with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the establishment of a Joint Bamboo Research and Development (R&D) Laboratory.

The MOA was inked by Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan, Director of DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), and Jiangxi Academy of Forestry (JAF) President Yang Jiefang on August 9, 2023 at the DOST-PCAARRD, Los Banos, Laguna. The momentous ceremony marks a commitment to shared research and innovation between the two nations, strengthening their collective pursuit of advancements in bamboo technology and science.

Starting 1 September 2023, the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) Technology Business Incubator (FTBI) – a facility which provides much needed support services to start-ups in the forest-based sector – will have a new name. It will now be called Tubò, to highlight the DOST-FPRDI’s commitment to help drive growth and create profits for its clients.

“Tubò FPTBI is a platform designed to help start-up enterprises thrive,” said DOST-FPRDI Director Romulo T. Aggangan. He added, “Depending on their need, incubatees may use the Institute’s forest products processing technologies, and may also avail of our training and testing services. Tubò FPTBI will assist them in various aspects of business development, which include helping them register their business, get grant applications, protect their intellectual property, and obtain certification for required tests, among others.”


Technology business incubatee Ms. Glenda Esperida (center) of Green Beauty and Wellness Center  is trained on the basics of soap making at DOST-FPRDI.

Dr. Leah J. Buendia, Undersecretary for Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) signed a letter of support for the establishment of a joint bamboo laboratory during the exploratory visit of bamboo R&D projects of the Jiangxi Academy of Forestry (JAF) delegates on August 8, 2023 at the DOST Executive Lounge, Bicutan, Taguig, as part of their five day visit in the Philippines.


DOST Usec. Dr. Leah J. Buendia signs the letter of support. With her are (left to right) Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan, Prof. Yang Jiefang and Dr. Nimfa K. Torreta.