September 28, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Local handicraft and furniture producers in the province are seeing a production breakthrough with the new epoxy resin technology.

The Department of Trade and Industry-Kalinga sponsored a three-day training on product innovation on scrapwood and driftwood furniture and handicrafts using trendy epoxy resin under its One Town One Product Next Gen Program.

Benita Mangadap of DTI-Kalinga said the new technology converts scrapwood, driftwood, and other wood plunks as raw materials for furniture.

Through the application of epoxy resin, “waste” woods are polished into ready raw wood materials for the production of furniture, decors, souvenir items and other handicrafts.

Furniture producers were taught about the technology to reshape irregular surfaces and remove odd color on raw scrap wood into fine designs and coloring to the buyer’s choice and preference, Mangadap said.

With the prevailing environment circulars on cutting of trees, the epoxy resin technology is an answer to the industry’s need for raw material, Mangadap said.

Participants are optimistic the training will open more opportunities for them to recover from the effects of the pandemic, she added. – Larry Lopez