Ella Wins 2015 NAST Environmental Science Award

Forester Arsenio B. Ella, Scientist III, bagged last 22 April 2015 this year’s National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Environmental Science Award for his study “Enhancing the adaptive capacity of the indigenous peoples by promoting sustainable and community-based resin tapping of almaciga (Agathis philippinensis Warb.) in selected Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) areas in Palawan and Sierra Madre, Aurora.” The finalists’ paper presentation and awarding ceremony were held at New World Manila Bay Hotel in Malate.

Ella’s co-winner was Dr. Severino G. Salmo III of Ateneo de Manila University who presented his paper on “Assessment of vegetation and soil conditions in restored mangroves interrupted by severe tropical typhoon ‘Chan-hom’ in the Philippines”. They received PhP50,000 each and a plaque of recognition from NAST, additional PhP50,000 from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and certificate of DOST Secretary’s Grant for the Environment of One Million Pesos for an approved research proposal.

Pallet maker saves P80K a month with DOST-FPRDI technology

ACE + FA Enterprises, a Laguna-based maker of wooden pallets, has been saving around Php 80,000 a month on its operations for one year now. How did it do this? It stopped renting the services of another company and now uses its own low-cost heat treatment facility (LHTF) to disinfect its pallets.

Designed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), the LHTF provides the heat needed to kill insects and other pests infesting wood packaging materials (WPMs) such as wooden pallets.

WPMs are commonly used in shipping goods around the globe as they are cheaper than plastic and metal containers. However, WPMs made of raw wood are prone to pest attacks and can introduce and spread pests from one country to another.