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FPRDI takes on challenge amid a growing paper bag industry
May 24, 2012

As more and more municipalities across the country start using paper instead of plastics as packaging material, the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI Philippines) organized last 20 April 2012 the “Seminar on Paper Bag Industry Outlook” to discuss the market prospects and challenges in paper bag manufacturing. FPRDI is a member of TAPPI Philippines, a non-profit organization that promotes the application of science in the manufacture of pulp and paper.

Attended by representatives from government agencies, pulp & paper and related industries, private sector and the academe among others, the seminar included discussions on government regulations, quality standards for packaging paper, state of Philippine paper manufacturing, paper chemistry, plastic-free society, and hybrid abaca fibers for paper manufacturing. Dr. Erlinda L. Mari, Scientist 1 at the FPRDI, discussed “Carbon Footprinting the Philippine Paper Industry?”

For. Ella bags CFNR’s Mancono Award
May 17, 2012

Forester Arsenio B. Ella was one of two recipients of the Most Outstanding Alumnus Award (Mancono Award) during the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources’ (CFNR) 102nd Foundation Day and Alumni Homecoming last 27 April 2012.

The highest award given by the UPLB-CFNR Alumni Association to its distinguished graduates, the Mancono Award was conferred to Ella for his “exemplary performance that earned him honors as a respected scientist in the field of forest products utilization research; for having authored books and numerous scientific articles on wood anatomy, wood identification and utilization of non-wood forest products, and for his distinctive accomplishment in generation, commercialization and transfer of technologies on scientific tapping of tree exudates.” Ella finished his BS in Forestry in 1973 and his MS in Forestry in 1983, at UPLB.

Villar Foundation eyes FPRDI technologies for livelihood program
April 23, 2012

Officers of the Las Pinas City-based Villar Foundation, Ms. Cynthia Villar and Engr. Dexter Gonzales, visited FPRDI last 29 March 2012 to get an orientation on some of the Institute’s technologies. Ms. Villar expressed interest in adopting different FPRDI technologies to aid in the foundation’s livelihood program. These include the handmade paper processing equipment with dryer and improved biomass carbonizer and charcoal briquettor.

"The Villar Foundation believes that acquiring the equipment will be a more sustainable way of providing opportunities for their stakeholders rather than handing them the capital which may eventually run out if not properly managed," said For. Felix B. Tamolang, FPRDI Deputy Director.