Furniture and handicraft workers at a Lubao, Pampanga-based bamboo-making hub have honed their skillset in bamboo finishing and thus look forward to better saleability of their products, thanks to the Department of Science and Technology - Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI).
FPRDI recently conducted a three-day training on bamboo finishing at the Sta. Catalina Bamboo Negosyo Village, a spin-off project of the Province of Pampanga through DTI’s “industry cluster approach.”
The village has been producing engineered bamboo products like armchairs, e-wall panels, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, wall decors and novelty items since its launch in 2010.
Spearheaded by the local government of Lubao and assisted by the DOST regional and local offices, the training taught participants the proper way of applying finishes to various kinds of bamboo products.
“The participants learned about the step-by-step process of bamboo finishing –from surface preparation until the application of coatings and finishes,” said FPRDI’s Forester Zenaida R. Reyes.
Laila Tulabut of the Municipal Agriculturist Office and the bamboo project coordinator explains, “The local government of Lubao is very supportive of the bamboo village project as this will boost the town’s small and medium enterprises, create livelihood opportunities and alleviate poverty. Also, our Mayor, Hon. Mylyn P. Cayabyab, encourages us to come up with quality products that will showcase Lubao artisans’ craftsmanship and serve as souvenirs for our visitors.”
The FPRDI training has certainly helped to cement this seal of quality and craftsmanship.
Expressing gratitude for the knowledge and skills imparted to workers at the village, Tulabut stated that the training course will certainly help them improve the quality of their products and eventually increase their saleability in the market.
FPRDI’s Eduardo M. Atienza lectures and demonstrates to Lubao furniture and handicraft shop workers the basic concepts and proper way of bamboo finishing.
Some of the participants show off their finished products.