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The Christmas season promises to become a brighter time in the coming years for Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) in San Juan City. This, as the city’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) participated in a Virtual Consultative Dialogue with DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) last 20 August 2021.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute is offering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for forestry professionals.

The free CPD training-webinars on 19 and 26 August 2021 will discuss basic finishing techniques. These webinars aim to enrich the knowledge of licensed foresters on how the basic properties of wood and non-wood forest products affect the quality of finishes and vice- versa. Further, it will also explore how proper coating techniques can improve the finishes and enhance the value of manufactured products.

To further improve its procurement system and strengthen its capacity to provide the highest standard of service to its customers, the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently conducted a five-day seminar on the Government Procurement Reform Act for 42 of its employees.

The following topics were discussed: Procurement 101, Efficient Procurement Measures, Procurement Planning and Budget Linkage, Standard Bidding Procedures, Preparation of the 6th edition of Philippine Bidding Documents, and Alternative Modes of Procurement. Trainers came from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Budget and Management, among others.