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Falcata abounds in tree farms in CARAGA Region, Northern Mindanao.

Rubber farmers in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay recently thanked the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) for creating new jobs and extra source of income for them.

Thru the project "Processing and Utilization of Senile and Unproductive Rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) Trees for the Production of High Value Furniture, Mouldings and Joineries”, the farmers can now convert senile rubberwood trees into high-value products such as quality home and school furniture.

The bamboo-framed face shield developed by the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently caught the attention of a congresswoman- advocate of using Filipino-made products.

Rep. Ann K. Hofer, 2nd District Representative of Zamboanga Sibugay and the Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, used the bamboo-framed face shield during the Working Group of the 11th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Caucus last 14 August 2020.

During the meeting, she facilitated a discussion on "Mitigating Risks and Strengthening Economic Resilience in the Period of Pandemic." International delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam joined via video conference.