July 14, 2024

Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) marks another milestone as it celebrates its 64th anniversary on July 5 to 9.

With the theme “Pagbangon at pag-asa sa panahon ng pandemya,” this year’s celebration centers on the institute’s continued research and development initiatives and technical services to forest-based industries and micro, small, and medium enterprises.

“We are more than a year into this global health crisis, yet most of us are still finding ways to manage its impacts,” said FPRDI Director Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan.

Aggangan said through the agency’s technologies and upgraded technical services, FPRDI helps keep local small businesses afloat amid the challenges brought by the pandemic.

One of the highlights of the anniversary celebration is the launch of the FPRDI Technovation Hub on July 5.

The hub features three of the institute’s newest facilities: The Forest Products Innovation and Training Center, the Bamboo Musical Instruments Processing Center, and the Forest Products Technology Business Incubator.

The hub houses state-of-the-art facilities that can be accessed by businesses venturing into furniture, handicraft, housing, and bamboo musical instruments production, among other things.

The hub is also envisioned to upscale the capacity of wood and non-wood forest-based industries so they become more efficient and competitive.

FPRDI will also conduct a dialogue with the forest-based sector on July 7 as a way of making its services and technologies more responsive to the needs of industry partners.

A free training-webinar on furniture making will be held on July 8.

For more information and updates, follow the DOST-FPRDI official Facebook page and website www.fprdi.dost.gov.ph. – Press release