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It was a long 13-hour ride from Los Banos, Laguna to the mountainous Kalinga province. Ordinary people would have easily been discouraged by the rugged and steep terrain going to Brgy. Balbalasang in Balbalan town, but for the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) team, it was part of their commitment to make the Institute’s technologies accessible to far-flung communities.

The four-day training on bamboo craft processing and basic finishing (photos below) commenced on February 19 and was joined in by farmers, students, housewives, local government workers and entrepreneurs. It was designed to improve the participants’ skills in making crafts out of bamboo — a raw material they have yet to use.

DOST-FPRDI experts Engr. Victor G. Revilleza, Mr. Eduardo M. Atienza and Mr. Fernando M. Pesigan explained the proper selection and preparation of raw materials and demonstrated actual production of the handicrafts. During the last day, the participants were taught how to apply colors and stains on finished items.

The four-day training on bamboo craft processing and basic finishing was joined in by farmers, students, housewives, local government workers and entrepreneurs.

Forest communities in Cebu and Camarines Norte can soon look forward to better ways of making a living from native cinnamon trees. This is according to Ms. Florena B. Samiano of the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI).

Says Ms. Samiano, "The Institute is now working on the third of a series of projects that seek to better understand the Philippine cinnamon species. Since 2015, with the help of funding partners, we have tried to find high-yielding yet sustainable techniques for harvesting the bark of the trees.

Cinnamon mindaense tree.
Cinnamon mindaense tree.

Investment prospects in the bamboo industry were presented to Cordillera-based entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in this year’s Bamboo Techno-Investment Forum and Roadshow held last 30-31 January 2018 in Baguio City.

Among the discussants were Dr. Rico J. Cabangon of the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) who talked about the Institute’s bamboo processing technologies that the participants can take advantage of. He also presented a wide array of products made from engineered bamboo.

Bamboo Techno-Investment Forum and Roadshow (photo by Ms. Marie C. Reyes of FPRDI’s Technical Services Division).
The economic significance of bamboo and market trends for bamboo products were also discussed during the Bamboo Techno-Investment Forum and Roadshow (photo by Ms. Marie C. Reyes of FPRDI’s Technical Services Division).