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To help forest-based and allied sectors find sources of livelihood amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) offers free training webinars.

“The DOST-FPRDI believes that the physical distancing we are currently experiencing should not hinder learning,” according to Dr. Maria Cielito G. Siladan, Chief of DOST-FPRDI’s Training and Manpower Delivery Services Section (TMDSS). “Thus, the Institute is shifting to the use of online platforms to continuously provide technical assistance and training to our clients.”

Held last June 30, the project kicked off with a primer on bamboo-framed face shield production, followed by a webinar on charcoal production and briquetting on August 4.

DOST-FPRDI’s three-level technology training

The virtual technology training webinars are divided into three levels:

Level 1 sessions are lecture-type discussions. They provide a technology overview, discussing the science behind the technologies highlighted, their advantages, and their business potential.

Level 2 sessions involves showing audio-visual presentations that contain step-by-step guides for the processes or technologies. Here, the participants can see the concepts and process steps in action, and can discuss these further with DOST-FPRDI’s experts.

Level 3 sessions involve supervised, face-to-face, hands-on skills training. These sesssions are for learners who have completed Levels 1 and 2 and wish to apply what they learned.

For Levels 1 and 2, training sessions are conducted via Google Meet, and are one and a half (1.5) hours long. Level 3 (hands-on) training sessions will be conducted at DOST-FPRDI, with a maximum of five (5) participants per session in accordance with minimum health protocols and social distancing. Participants may coordinate with the TMDSS staff for these sessions.

Level 1 and Level 2 attendees will receive electronic certificates of participation. Meanwhile, certificates of completion await Level 3 training participants.

What can you learn from DOST-FPRDI’s training sessions?

Topics include (but are not limited to):

-Bamboo-framed face shield production;
-Charcoal production and briquetting;
-Fossilized leaves processing;
-Engineered bamboo production and product development;
-Handmade paper production;
-Handmade product development;
-Bamboo processing;
-Bamboo furniture making;
-Wood preservation and treatment;
-Non-wood preservation and treatment;
-Anti-microbial personal hygiene products; and
-Basic finishing.

Interested parties may check the DOST- FPRDI Facebook page for details on the training schedule and registration procedure.

For more information, contact Dr. Maria Cielito G. Siladan at (049) 536-2377 or email

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