The Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) based in Los Baños, Laguna, is intensifying its technology assistance to Indigenous Peoples. It has recently held trainings in bamboo craft among IPs in Palawan and Mindanao.
On July 18-20 2017, FPRDI conducted a lecture-demonstration on some bamboo processing technologies for Batak Craft, a livelihood development project for the Batak tribe in Palawan.
Batak Craft founder Lara Frayre sought the help of FPRDI, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology, in improving handcrafted baskets made mainly of “buho” bamboo which is abounds in Batak communities.
A similar training on bamboo handicraft production was also conducted for the B’laan tribe of Koronadal City on June 27-29, 2017. Members of the Oluclufe B’laan Landcare Association (OBLA) were taught how to make bamboo lampshades, amplifiers, candleholders, and wind chimes.
The trainings were made possible through the collaboration of DOST-FPRDI, DOST-Region 12, Provincial S&T Center-South Cotabato and the local government of Koronadal City. FPRDI’s Dr. Ma. Cielito Siladan, Forester Zenaida R. Reyes and Forester Moreno L. Santander Jr. coordinated both trainings.
For inquiries on technology demonstrations and trainings, interested parties may contact (049) 536-2586 or 536-2377, or e-mail at email@example.com (PRESS RELEASE, Apple Jean Martin-De Leon)