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FPRDI’s Wency H. Carmelo (left) and Carl Anthony O. Lantican (second from left) along with handicraft weavers from Pililla, Laguna.

FPRDI’s Wency H. Carmelo (left) and Carl Anthony O. Lantican (second from left) along with handicraft weavers from Pililla, Laguna hold bundles of “sabutan” leaves ready for drying inside DOST-FPRDI’s dryer for non-wood forest products.

DOST-FPRDI helps save almaciga trees

(Left photo) DOST-FPRDI’s Forester Florena B. Samiano lectures on the right way to harvest resin from the almaciga tree (Agathis philippinensis Warb.) to a group of indigenous people (IP) in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Coupled with hands-on exercises (right photo), the lecture was held in May last year as part of the project “Saving the Almaciga Tree” by the Centre for Sustainability, a non-profit organization.

DOST-FPRDI’s Ms. Florena B. Samiano (center)  shows a group of farmers how to strip the bark of a cinnamon tree at Mt. Labo, Barangay Baay, Labo, Camarines Norte.

DOST-FPRDI’s Ms. Florena B. Samiano (center) shows a group of farmers how to strip the bark of a cinnamon tree at Mt. Labo, Barangay Baay, Labo, Camarines Norte.