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FPRDI chemists present papers at international forest products convention
July 19, 2012

FPRDI chemists Ms. Irma I. Palanginan and Ms. Mariluz SP. Dionglay of the Chemistry and Biotechnology Section, Material Science Division, were among the paper presenters at the 66th Forest Products Society International Convention in Washington DC, USA last 3-5 June 2012.

Ms. Palanginan discussed her study “Evaluation of lemon-scented gum (Corymbia citriodora) volatile oil against termites”,while Ms. Dionglay presented “Characterization and end-uses of Dipterocarp oleoresin (D. alatus and D. intricus) from Cambodia.”

FPRDI supports the National Greening Program, spearheads tree-growing project
July 18, 2012

Two thousand forest and fruit tree seedlings were planted by the staff and management of the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) last 6 July 2012 at Brgy. Manaol, Nagcarlan, Laguna. The tree-growing activity was part of FPRDI’s year-long celebration of its 55th Anniversary and serves as the Institute’s contribution to the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).

“This tree-growing project is very fitting as we want to have a community outreach project for our Institute’s anniversary celebration,” said Ms. Mildred M. Fidel, Chief of FPRDI’s Technical Services Division. “As we give back to the community, we are also fulfilling our commitment towards the successful implementation of the NGP,” Fidel added.

FPRDI to open its transit testing lab soon
June 26, 2012

The Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) is set to cater to more clients from the furniture and related industries as it opens its Furniture Testing Center’s (FFTC) Transit Testing Laboratory (TTL).

“The TTL is a facility that aims to test the performance of packaging materials used for transporting furniture products, among others. Based on the testing standards of the International Safety Transit Association (ISTA), TTL machines will simulate the conditions when shipping a material from one location to another. Most importers require this kind of testing from local manufacturers,” said Mr. Victor Revilleza, FFTC’s Technical Manager.