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Bantay Kalikasan meets with For. Ella
January 31, 2012

Ms. Gina L. Lopez, Managing Director of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.’s Bantay Kalikasan (BK) met last 13 January 2012 with FPRDI Scientist Arsenio B. Ella to discuss the possibility of working with the Institute in setting up almaciga resin enterprises in Brooke’s Point, Palawan. A well-known environmentalist, Lopez envisions a project that will improve the livelihood of indigenous people in the area.

Almaciga resin, or Manila copal in world trade, is an important dollar earner for the country. It is harvested from the bark of the almaciga (Agathis philippinensis Warb.) tree and used in manufacturing paints, varnishes, printing ink, shoe polish, patent leather, floor wax and linoleum. The tree is found in the country’s remaining forested mountains, but is especially abundant in Palawan.

FPRDI Identifies Wood Species at Aguinaldo Shrine
December 6, 2011

FPRDI experts Mr. Fernando C. Pitargue, Jr. and For. Glenn B. Estudillo recently identified the wood species used in the furniture and woodcrafts found inside the historic Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. The site where Philippine Independence was proclaimed in 1898, the shrine is filled with wooden art pieces that give visitors a glimpse of the country’s rich cultural heritage.

“Many documents have been written about the Aguinaldo Shrine, but none of them lists the particular species used in its many antique wood items” said For. Estudillo. “Our services were tapped by the Office of the Mayor since shrine visitors usually ask about the type of wood used for these pieces and museum staff cannot give accurate answers.”

FPRDI and TRC to construct FTLD for bamboo processing
December 6, 2011

In a bid to advance the country’s bamboo processing industry, the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) and Technology Resource Center (TRC) will collaborate in a project that seeks to construct a furnace- type lumber dryer (FTLD) with a boiling vessel for bamboo slats.

The project is in line with TRC’s establishment of a Bamboo Processing Facility in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Aside from the design, construction, and evaluation of the 1000 bdft-capacity FTLD, FPRDI will also provide the design and specifications of the machinery line-up for producing bamboo skewers and chopsticks.