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DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute’s (DOST-FPRDI) bamboo processing technologies were showcased in the recent Science & Technology Caravans in La Union and Ilocos Sur.

Dr. Rico Cabangon talks about DOST-FPRDI’s bamboo processing technologies in La Union.
Dr. Rico Cabangon talks about DOST-FPRDI’s bamboo processing technologies in La Union.

La Union  participants listen to Dr. Cabangon’s presentation.
La Union participants listen to Dr. Cabangon’s presentation.

DOST-FPRDI’s Dr. Rico J. Cabangon talked about the Institute’s different bamboo processing technologies during the Caravans’ technology fora. He discussed the preservative treatments for round and split bamboo, engineered bamboo products, and bamboo charcoaling.

Forum participants were members of La Union Farmers Inc., residents from different barangays of San Fernando City, staff from the Department of Education and the Sinait LGU.

According to Cabangon, it is time to innovate new designs of bamboo furniture to increase selling price and improve the business of local bamboo furniture makers. Clarifications from participants were entertained after the presentation and inquiries on the possibility of attending the Institute’s training courses on the featured technologies were raised.

Mr. Justino Buendia on his demonstration of handmade paper making.
Mr. Justino Buendia on his demonstration of handmade paper making.

Engr. Allan Bondad on his demonstration of charcoal briquetting.
Engr. Allan Bondad on his demonstration of charcoal briquetting.

The Caravans were held at the Pacoy Ortega Gym in San Fernando City, La Union last May 2-4, 2018 and at the Sinait National High School in Sinait, Ilocos Sur last May 9-11, 2018. Mr. Justino Buendia and Engr. Allan Bondad of DOST-FPRDI were present in La Union to demonstrate DOST-FPRDI’s handmade paper making and charcoal briquetting technologies as well. The S&T Caravan showcased selected technologies of DOST research and development agencies. ### (Gian Carlo D. Camacho, 01 June 2018)