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Looking for livelihood opportunities while at home? The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) will now be offering online training webinars — for FREE! This is DOST-FPRDI’s way of extending its support to the forest-based and allied sectors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The DOST-FPRDI believes that the physical distancing we are currently experiencing should not hinder learning. Thus, the Institute is shifting to the use of online platforms to continuously provide technical assistance and training to our clients,” explained Dr. Maria Cielito G. Siladan, Chief of FPRDI’s Training and Manpower Delivery Services Section (TMDSS).

According to Siladan, the virtual technology training webinars will be divided into three levels:

Level 1 is a lecture-type discussion that provides an overview of the DOST-FPRDI technology. It will discuss the science behind and the advantages of the technology, as well as its potential as a business venture. The session will last for not more than 1.5 hours and will be conducted via Google Meet.

The DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) and the local government of Cabuyao City recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the mass production of bamboo-framed face shields.

Under the MOA, the DOST-FPRDI will provide the design, specifications and other requirements needed to produce the face shields. It will also give technical assistance on steam bending, the process wherein the bamboo strips for the frame are subjected to heat to flex them to the desired form.

Large-fruited red mahogany (left) and river red gum (right) are two of the most common ITPS planted in the country

The country’s wood industries have been suffering from a shortage of raw materials for many years now. This has been caused mainly by decades of indiscriminate logging which have systematically reduced the areas of our natural growth forests.

To help beef up the country’s wood supply, the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) started a research program for studying different kinds of tree plantation species (TPS).