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FPRDI gets new furniture testing machines
June 18, 2012

Five million pesos-worth of state-of-the-art equipment were recently acquired by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) to beef up its Furniture Testing Center (FFTC). The new equipment include the chair rotation test machine which evaluates the swivelling and rolling resistance of rotating chairs; goal post test machine that performs fatigue and static load tests on all types of chairs and beds; side-to-side durability test machine for office chairs; and arm durability test machine for arms of chairs.

“With this new addition to FFTC’s modern facilities, we are better able to help local manufacturers improve the quality and design of their furniture, and help them get a bigger share of the market,” said Mr. Victor Revilleza, FFTC’s Technical Manager.

Established with funding support from the DOST Grants-In-Aid, the International Tropical Timber Organization, and recently from the 2011 general appropriation capital outlay, the FFTC is the lone furniture testing facility in the country after the closure of the Bureau of Product Standards’ (BPS) furniture testing laboratory and the transfer of the Bureau Veritas’ testing center to China. ### (Apple Jean C. Martin, 08 June 2012)

Director Aggangan attends IUFRO meeting
June 14, 2012

Director Romulo T. Aggangan (first row, second to the left), poses for a class picture with delegates from 52 countries at the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Directors’ Forum and All Division 9 Conference held 7-11 May 2012 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“The forum,” according to Dr. Aggangan, “discussed issues on forest research and education management and provided an excellent platform for the vivid exchange of information and good experiences and practices on research management.”

The conference, on the other hand, gave him insights on the crucial role of the social sciences in forest governance research. It likewise oriented him about the latest global developments in forest policy, governance and participatory management. (Rizalina K. Araral, 07 June 2012) #

For. Estudillo attends international plant identification course
May 29, 2012

Forester Glenn B. Estudillo, Science Research Specialist II at FPRDI’s Anatomy and Forest Botany Section, attended the Tropical Plant Identification Course held from 24 April to 4 May 2012 at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in London, United Kingdom. The training course was designed for conservationalists, environmental professionals, foresters, ethnobotanists, ecologists, zoologists and graduate students, with participants coming from Botswana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Malaysia, Brazil, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

“The course exposed us to 70 of the most common tropical plant families and introduced us to plant structures and identification tools. Lectures were supplemented by hands-on sessions, examinations, and visits to living plant collections,” related Estudillo. The identification sessions focused on plant species found in Tropical Asia, Tropical Africa and Tropical America.

Estudillo noted that his attendance to the course allowed him to meet Dr. Rogier de Kok, head of Kew’s Southeast Asian team. “Dr. Kok shared that Kew has limited access to Philippine forests, that is why it has minimal herbarium specimens from our country. We will submit a proposal to Kew which, if approved, will benefit the Institute, particularly our collection of plant and wood specimens,” he concluded. ### (Apple Jean C. Martin, 23 May 2012)