From a lumber retailer to custom-built furniture maker


Cirilo Sumampong was a small lumber retailer in his town of Dauis, Bohol  until in 2012 he started using the furnace-type lumber drier (FTLF) of the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute, which propelled him to his current position as the province’s biggest supplier of custom-built furniture. Since then, his life made a complete change, for the better.

 

His company, Bohol Furniture and Lumber Supply, earns a gross income of P1.16 million a month, and enjoys brisk business all year round.

 

“During our first years in the business, we were producing nothing but door jambs and…

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Phl is part of chemicals global value chain

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

With the geographic relocation of the global chemicals industry to the Asia Pacific region and its continuous growth, numerous opportunities await countries in the region, including the Philippines, to enter and upgrade the industry global value chain.

 

But constraints like lack of raw materials and infrastructure, logistics and costs derails the Philippines’ entry into higher value petrochemicals operations and access to lower value inorganic commodity operations.

 

Based on government records, the chemicals sector in the Philippines rapidly grew alongside economic expansion and revival in manufacturing.

 

GDP contribution

 

In 2013, the sector as a whole…

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Environment Summit held in Negros

Negros Island local and environment officials, including civil society organizations, recently convened to pursue initiatives and craft policies to protect and sustainably manage their terrestrial and marine protected areas.

They agreed to push for the completion and finalization of the respective management plan of the six Negros Island Region (NIR) protected areas, and implemented before the end 2016.

This was one of the outputs of the 1st Negros Island Region Protected Area Management Summit (NIRPAMS), held in Bacolod City organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in partnership with NIR provincial and municipal governments, and civil society…

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 FREE IRRIGATION & FARMERS’ CONGRESS

By Sonny Domingo

The “free irrigation issue” has a history.

Immediately after the takeover of the government by Pres. Cory Aquino in 1986, farmer leaders complained that they were not given attention by Pres. Cory and her then Sec. of Agriculture, Sonny Dominguez. I then organized the FIRST SMALL FARMERS CONGRESS under the leadership of KA BEN CRUZ of SANDUGUAN of which our farmers’ federation KaMMMPi was an active member.

I designed the Farmers Congress for Pres. Cory and her Cabinet Secretaries for Agriculture and Agrarian Reform to attend and listen to the farmers to read 10 Resolutions and explain…

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FUTURE FARMING for the FEDERATION

By V. L. Sonny Domingo

The revolutionary tack for Philippine Agriculture, which Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered to Sec. Manny Pinol, will mean that the subsistence level small holder farming will now be a thing of the past.

A farmers’ federation proposed under the ASA (Agribusiness Systems Approach) that will now cluster small farmers into modules of 1,000 hectares. They will be provided with their own “Electrigation”, tractor pool, rice mill and food processing complex for value adding to prime the economy, develop the rural areas and create employment in their communities.

With Professional Managers for the their projects…

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