Have you ever wondered what tree species your wooden furniture is made of?

Soon, your curiosity will be satisfied and you will be able to easily identify a piece of wood by just using your smartphone. This will be made possible through a mobile app being developed by the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) and DENR-Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB). This joint project by the two agencies aims to quickly and accurately identify selected wood species through a Wood Identification Mobile Phone Application using Android OS.

The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) is now accepting entries for the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE), a nationwide activity conducted in different regions to recognize the indispensability of the Filipino inventors to the Philippine society and national economic development. This serves as the qualifying round for the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) in 2022.

The Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) has, from the start, been promoting sustainable and earth-friendly forest products technologies.

The DOST-FPRDI conducts studies on premium timber that aims to support the needs of the forest-using industries and it also began in the 1980s to study other related natural products. As the country’s wood supply began to dwindle due to reckless logging, the agency had to look for substitute raw materials for its clients in the housing, pulp and paper, handicrafts and furniture sectors.

In the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, rubber farmers are now reaping the fruits of the rubberwood initiative led by the Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), as the former gears up for the next big thing in the furniture industry.

(Present in the signing were Dr. Elizabeth Quirino-Lahoz, TIP President, Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director, and Mr. Teddy Gervacio, Chief Executive Officer of Quicktrans Cargo Moving Inc.)