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The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) was recognized with the Highest ScienceDirect Usage Award during the 2021 DOST-Elsevier Awards.

The Institute won under the Research and Development Institute (RDI), and the DOST-Science Education Institute and DOST Region II under the S&T Institutes and Regional Office categories, respectively.

This means that among DOST's RDIs, DOST-FPRDI researchers were the most frequent users of Elsevier in 2021.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) is now exploring the possibility of using lapnis bast fibers for paper conservation.

Lapnis or paper mulberry [Broussonetia papyrifera (L.) L’Herit ex Vent] is a type of shrub introduced in the Philippines in 1935 as a reforestation species and a source of fiber. Over the years, however, it has come to be known as a pest – thriving uncontrollably and invading vast tracks of idle lands in the country.

“Our initial research showed that lapnis’ strength and long fibers make it a good substitute for imported conservation paper,” said Project Leader Cesar O. Austria.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) joined the nation in observing the “18-Day Campaign to End Violence against Women” thru an exhibit of Violence against Women (VAW) campaign posters.

“This year's campaign sought to prevent gender-based sexual harassment in public spaces and the streets, and raise awareness on Republic Act 11313 otherwise known as the Safe Spaces Act,” said Arlene G. Torres, Chair of DOST-FPRDI’s Gender and Development Technical Working Group.

The Safe Spaces Act penalizes “catcalling, misogynistic and homophobic slurs, unwanted sexual advances, and other forms of sexual harassment in schools, workplaces, public places and online spaces,” explained Torres.