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FPRDI and FMB sign pact for a research project
April 4, 2012

The Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Forest Management Bureau (FMB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last 08 March 2011 for the project “Study on the Heating Value of Selected Fuelwood Tree Species”. Signed by FPRDI Director Romulo T. Aggangan and FMB OIC-Director Neria A. Andin, the project entails a budget of Php 200,000 and will be implemented until 31 October 2012.

According to Engr. Belen B. Bisana, Chief of FPRDI’s Bio-energy and Equipment Development Section, the project aims to determine the amount of heat released by different wood species during combustion. “The higher the heating value, the more suitable the wood species is for fuelwood. With this project, we hope to recommend the best species for fuelwood production specifically in Tagkawayan, Quezon,” added Bisana. The giant ipil-ipil (Leucaena leucocephala), Benguet pine (Pinus insularis), yemane (Gmelina arborea), and mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) are just among the many species that would be studied.

A component of FMB’s project “Addressing Climate Change through Community-Based Fuelwood Plantation Development and Management”, the study is funded by the Korea Forest Service in support to the government’s National Greening Program. ### (Belen B. Bisana and Apple Jean C. Martin, 30 March 2012)

ITTO and FPRDI help bring hope to forest-based communities
March 29, 2012

Two-and-a-half years ago, the townsfolk in Basud, Camarines Norte had very little livelihood skills. They made money mainly by making charcoal and planting rice. They were so poor, they could not even buy a decent pair of rubber shoes.

Today, Basud folks are looking forward to better days. Thru a forest-based livelihood project by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the FPRDI, many of them have learned to make baskets from local vines. They sell these in the local public market and in trade fairs and get badly needed cash for their families.

Director Aggangan now CESO III
March 21, 2012

President Benigno C. Aquino III signed last 22 February 2012 the original appointment of FPRDI Director Romulo T. Aggangan as Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) III. Aggangan was among 75 government officials from various agencies who received original appointments and adjustments in Career Executive Service (CES) ranks after hurdling a rigorous evaluation process.

The managerial class in the group of career positions in the Philippine Civil Service, the CES was created by P.D. No. 1 to “form a continuing pool of well-selected and development-oriented career administrators who shall provide faithful and competent service.”

The appointment to a CES rank is made by the President upon the recommendation of the CES Board. (Rizalina K. Araral 19 March 2012) ##