The lack of sustainable raw materials is one of the biggest problems stifling the growth of the country’s forest-based furniture and handicrafts industries. Despite this, however, the sector can still count itself fortunate.
The Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), an agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), is doing its best to help these two industries find new raw materials to substitute for traditional but less available ones.
According to FPRDI Officer-in-Charge Felix B.Tamolang, “One of FPRDI’s core commitments is to widen the raw material base of the forest-based furniture and handicrafts industries thru pro-active research. The Institute understands how much of a headache the raw material problem can be, especially for exporters. While imported lumber is available in the market, it is usually priced beyond the reach of many SMEs.”