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Lawmakers tour DOST facility highlighting wood, furniture tech

Legislative and congressional delegates led by Rep. Jeyzel Victoria C. Yu (in white dress) pose with DOST officials at the DOST-PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center. (Contributed photos)

MANILA, (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology's Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) showcased its advanced wood and non-wood forest technology facilities to members of the House of Representatives recently.

Led by Representative Jeyzel Victoria C. Yu of Zamboanga del Sur, the delegation included representatives from various committees such as Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources, Agriculture and Food, and Natural Resources.

DOST Undersecretary for Special Concerns Dr. Teodoro M. Gatchalian emphasized the purpose of the visit, which is to share advancements in science and technology (S&T) and encourage its application in rural development.

"We aim to demonstrate the value of every centavo received from the national government," Gatchalian said.

"These resources are used to develop services that directly benefit Filipinos," he added.

Lawmakers received a tour of the institute's facilities, including the Fire Testing Laboratory, Furniture Testing Center, and Wood Library and Herbarium. These facilities allow DOST-FPRDI to conduct research on fire resistance, furniture durability, and wood identification.

The Forest Products Innovation Center showcased various products developed through DOST-FPRDI's research programs. These products utilize bamboo, other non-wood forest products, and aim to address concerns in creative industries, environmental protection, and human security.

"Science and research are crucial for effective policymaking," said Representative Yu.

"Strengthening cooperation between DOST and the House of Representatives is vital to address current challenges. I urge everyone to work together towards the advancement of S&T in the Philippines," Yu added.

The visit also included tours of other DOST agencies, such as the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and DOST Region IV-A.

DOST-FPRDI plays a key role in developing and transferring knowledge on the efficient use of forest resources. Alongside other DOST agencies, they strive to improve the competitiveness of local industries through scientific innovation. (DOST-STII/PIA-NCR)

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