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FPRDI researchers train on CNC use.

A team from the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently trained in Jinan, China on the operation of a CNC router, a machine that can create intricate designs on wooden crafts and furniture in just one click (photo above).

A CNC or computer numerical controlled router is a sophisticated equipment that neatly cuts and shapes various hard materials such as wood, aluminium, steel and plastic. According to DOST-FPRDI’s Dr. Rico J. Cabangon, “CNC routers can speed up and simplify carpentry and wood work. Since the designs are computer-programmed, prototypes are easier to make and adjusted if necessary.”

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently teamed up with government and private groups to push for the optimal use of old rubberwood trees in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Representatives of the DOST-FPRDI, DOST-IX, Tambanan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (TARBEMCO) and other regional stakeholders gathered last 21 March 2018 for the launch of the project “Processing and Utilization of Senile and Unproductive Rubberwood (Heveabraziliensis) Trees for the Production of High Value Furniture, Mouldings and Joineries”. This 3-year initiative costs Php 57 million and is funded by the DOST-GIA.

DOST-FPRDI, DOST-IX, TARBEMCO ink pact to use senile rubberwood trees.
L-R: Mr. Aljon A. Embores (LGU-Naga representative), Ms. Marry Joy P. Flores (PRRI representative), Director Martin A. Wee (Regional Director, DOST-IX), Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan (Director, DOST-FPRDI), Petronilo G. Licudan (Chairman of the Board, TARBEMCO), Director Al-Zamir I. Lipae (OIC, Provincial Director, Department of Trade and Industry- Zamboanga Sibugay) and Ms. Ma. Socorro A. Sta. Teresa (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-IX representative).

Mr. Freddie M. Ordinario conducts a test at the FPRDI Plywood Testing Laboratory.
Mr. Freddie M. Ordinario conducts a test at the FPRDI Plywood Testing Laboratory.

The country’s furniture, pulp and paper, and plywood industries have found a partner in their bid to make it in the world market - the FTL or FPRDI Testing Laboratories of the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI).