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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.

For the first time come June, a group of high school students in Zamboanga Sibugay will be learning how to grow, plant and harvest the sap of rubber trees – the most important crop in their province.

The task of teaching the rubber production course may seem daunting, but teacher Elsa Vendiola is confident she will be able to teach the subject well, thanks to a recent training she went to.

Organized by the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), the training was designed to teach four competencies: establish a rubber budwood and seedlings nursery, plant rubber trees and seedlings, do a budding operation, and harvest latex.

“From the course, I learned not only concepts but skills I could pass on not only to my students but even to my peers in school,” explains Vendiola.

For Esmeraldo Hanito of the University of Southern Mindanao, the training made him see that more efficient ways of rubber tapping are available. “This new knowledge excites me as I am about to retire from academe soon,” says Hanito.

Vendiola and Hanito were among the 25 trainees who were assessed and awarded the National Certificate II (NC II) by the Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA). This means that they “demonstrated necessary skill and knowledge to perform the tasks carried out by a professional.”

CSU staff visit DOST-FPRDI.
(Photos by Ms. Maria Reyes)

Faculty and researchers from the Catanduanes State University (CSU) visited the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) for a consultative meeting last 09 May 2018 (photos above).