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Curious about what tree species your wooden furniture is made of?

Soon, you will be able to identify a piece of wood by just using your smartphone. This will be made possible through a mobile app being developed by the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) and DENR-Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB). The two agencies’ joint project aims to quickly and accurately identify selected wood species thru a Wood Identification Mobile Phone Application using Android OS.

In the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, rubber farmers are now reaping the fruits of the rubberwood initiative led by the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI).

Members of the Tambanan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TARBEMCO) have started producing and selling furniture pieces made from old and unproductive rubberwood trees. With clients coming initially from their province, the farmers have so far produced cabinets, chairs, tables and other home pieces.

Because of its name, the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) – is sometimes misunderstood as being anti-environment. Some people think that the agency’s mandate promotes deforestation, the alleged culprit behind the devastating floods that hit the country in 2020.