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Insect pests and diseases coming from other countries are known to have caused environmental disasters in the US. In northeastern and midwestern America, these agents of destruction – though very, very small - have invaded forests and wiped out entire species of trees in a matter of decades.

To help ensure that invasive insect pests and diseases are not transmitted from one country to another thru global trade, the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 was enforced in 2002, mandating the makers of wooden packaging materials to sterilize their pallets and crates. Mode of sterilizing is either thru heat treatment or methyl bromide fumigation.

The heat treatment facility of ACE+FA Enterprises.
The heat treatment facility of ACE+FA Enterprises.

Old, unproductive rubberwood trees will soon become a valuable resource in Zamboanga Sibugay as a DOST-FPRDI project gets underway.

The Institute recently trained 12 farmer-members of the Tambanan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TARBEMCO) on the sawmilling of old rubberwood logs.The cooperative is FPRDI’s local partner in the project “Processing and Utilization of Senile and Unproductive Rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) Trees for the Production of High-Value Furniture, Mouldings and Joineries”.

Held last April 23-26, 2018, the training taught participants how to properly cut rubberwood logs to ensure maximum quality, lumber recovery and safety for the operators.

DOST-FPRDI trains Zamboanga Sibugay farmers on sawmilling.

DOST-FPRDI holds talks with DND's Government Arsenal.

DOST-FPRDI representatives met with the Government Arsenal (GA), an agency under the Department of National Defense (DND) last 15 February 2018 to discuss possible joint research projects.