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The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) Rubberwood Processing Plant in Zamboanga Sibugay recently received its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Region IX.

The certificate is proof that the processing plant has passed the DENR’s evaluation and is not expected to have any notable negative impact on the environment. However, with the ECC, the DOST-FPRDI’s local partner - the Tambanan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (TARBEMCO) – also needs to meet all the requirements for protecting the community from any of the project’s possible adverse effects. These include effects on the local people’s health, welfare and environment.

Furniture makers and designers may soon be able to take advantage of promising color patterns created from thermally modified (TM) and hot oil-treated (HOT) bamboo.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) and the Rizal-based Focolare Carpentry recently developed several furniture models made from TM and HOT kauayan-tinik and giant bamboo. The prototypes included a dining set, TV stand with drawers, console table, construction items (stair tread and riser), and small handicrafts like tablet & cell phone stand with sound amplifier.