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The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently distributed bamboo-abaca hands-free disinfectant dispensers and foot baths to several establishments and government offices in Los Baños, Laguna.

The bamboo dispenser releases alcohol when someone steps on the connected foot bath while the abaca acts as a sponge that disinfects the pressing footwear. The device was developed by the Institute in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) marks another milestone as it celebrates its 64th Anniversary this 5-9 July 2021.

With the theme “Pagbangon at Pag-asa sa Panahon ng Pandemya”, this year’s celebration centers on the Institute’s continued R&D initiatives and technical services amid the ongoing pandemic.

“We are more than a year into this global health crisis, yet most of us are still finding ways to manage its impacts,” said DOST-FPRDI Director Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) will soon launch three new facilities meant to boost the productivity of local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Collectively called the DOST-FPRDI Technovation Hub, the facilities aim to provide upgraded services and technologies to serve MSMEs in the local forest-based and related industries.