The Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) launched Monday, July 5, the state-of-the-art Technovation Hub, which seeks to benefit entrepreneurs venturing on furniture, woodcraft, housing, and bamboo musical instruments production.

Technovation Hub features three of its newest facilities: the Forest Products Innovation and Training Center, the Bamboo Musical Instruments (BMI) Processing Center, and the Forest Products Technology Business Incubator (TBI).

“These technology innovation facilities being launched today are a reflection of your sense of adventure. Instead of settling for the status quo and serving your clients using the traditional methods and equipment you had relied on for so many years, you thought of something new,” DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De la Peña said in his message during the Technovation Hub launch.

DOST-FPRDI Director Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan said the hub facilities can be accessed by businesses venturing into furniture, handicraft, housing, and bamboo musical instruments production.

“We believe that with innovation and R&D support, small enterprises can sustain their growth and be more competitive here and abroad,” Aggangan said.

He said the hub aims to upscale the capacity of the wood and non-wood forest-based industries and make them “more efficient and competitive”. One of the key features of the hub is the BMI Processing Center, which seeks to assist the local creative industry.

The center is part of the BMI Innovation Research and Development Program, which uses science to improve the processing, durability, aesthetics, and sound quality of select BMIs, the FPRDI said.

Through the BMI Processing Center, current BMI producers and emerging business ventures can adopt FPRDI-developed technologies on instrument-making.

The Institute cited the importance of bamboo musical instruments, saying that it is “more than a source of livelihood” and it serves as “vessels of our national identity.”