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Philippines’ FPRDI Leads Innovations in Furniture

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), is taking proactive measures to address health and safety concerns related to wooden furniture. These measures come particularly following an incident at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) involving bed bugs.

In a recent interview, Rico Cabangon, the officer-in-charge of FPRDI, emphasized the agency’s commitment to mitigating such issues. The main emphasis here in critical government facilities like airports. Cabangon stressed the vulnerability of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) to deterioration. He also underscored the importance of proper maintenance to preserve these items.

Rattan, a commonly used material in furniture and handicrafts, is particularly susceptible to biodeterioration agents. Cabangon explained that the woven patterns of rattan furniture naturally attract bed bugs. Furthermore, they thrive in areas with tiny cracks and crevices. Additionally, rattan furniture can be infested with fungi, termites, and powder-post beetles, also known as “bukbok.”

FPRDI exploring various furniture preservation methods

To address these challenges, FPRDI is exploring various technologies and methods to prolong the service life of NTFPs. These NTFPs  include rattan furniture. Cabangon mentioned that chemical and non-chemical control methods may be employed, such as the application of wood preservatives and kiln drying to achieve low moisture content.

Furthermore, FPRDI is actively researching eco-friendly preservation techniques, such as thermal modification. Thermal modification involves using high heat to alter the chemical composition of wood. This preservation technique makes it more durable and less susceptible to pests.

Cabangon urged support for the local furniture industry, highlighting Filipino craftsmanship and innovation. He emphasized that through science, technology, and innovation, Filipino craftsmanship can be bug-free. Thereby, contributing to the promotion of sustainable timber resource utilization.

Headquartered in Laguna, DOST-FPRDI plays a pivotal role in advancing research and technology development related to timber and non-wood forest products. With ongoing efforts and collaborations, FPRDI aims to uphold quality standards, promote sustainable practices, and showcase Filipino ingenuity on a global scale.

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