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Have you been to a public place lately, perhaps to buy groceries and other essential needs? Were you required to sanitize your hands and footwear first before entering?

The DOST - Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) is developing prototypes of touch-free hand disinfectant dispensers connected to foot baths. Both dispenser and foot bath will be made from bamboo and abaca as sponge— two of the most economically important and widely available resources in the Philippines.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) was recently conferred the PRIME-HRM Bronze Award (2019-2020) by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The award was given after DOST-FPRDI fulfilled the Level 2 maturity on four core Human Resources Management (HRM) Systems: Recruitment; Selection and Placement; Rewards and Recognition; Performance Management; and Learning and Development. The Institute has received the Level 2 accreditation for two consecutive years already.

Good news to makers of tropical fruit wines in the Philippines.

Quality yet affordable wine barrels for aging your fruit raw materials may soon be available in the market.

The Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) is currently pilot-testing wine barrels made from three tree plantation species (TPS), namely: big-leafed mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), mangium (Acacia mangium), and river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and two fruit trees, namely: santol (Sandoricum koijape) and Indian mango (Mangifera indica).

The wine barrels were developed by the Institute’s researchers to find cheaper substitutes to white oak (Quercus alba) which is known worldwide as the best material for fermenting and ageing wine.