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Members of the country’s House of Representatives (HOR) recently learned about bamboo-based technologies that could possibly benefit their constituents.

This, as the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently held its 1st Virtual Technology Forum (VTF) with the help of the HOR’s Committee on Science and Technology and DOST’s Legislative Liaison Office.

“Through the forum, we wanted to give the lawmakers an idea on how our technologies and technical assistance services can possibly open up new livelihood options for their congressional districts. We view our lawmakers as partners in development,” said Grecelda A. Eusebio, Chief of DOST-FPRDI’s Technology Licensing and Promotion Section.

The DOST-FPRDI’s Bamboo Musical Instruments Innovation R&D Program aims to apply science in developing and improving BMIs. With locally developed technologies, the Institute hopes to improve the processing and hasten the production of these instruments.

Among the DOST-FPRDI technologies presented were on bamboo processing; bamboo bullet-resistant vest and engineered bamboo; and bamboo-framed face shield. The Institute’s Bamboo Musical Instruments (BMI) Innovation Research and Development Program was also showcased.

The VTF was held on 17 February 2021, and will be conducted again on 24 February 2021 before the members of the Philippine Senate. ### (Apple Jean C. Martin-de Leon, 17 February 2021)