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 air-dried lumber earning only P1, 500 a month. Sales were good only between September and December each year. Now, with our kiln-dried wood, we make trusses, floor planks, doors, door jambs and all kinds of furniture – beds, chairs and dining sets. Our principal client - the hotels and beach resorts-- have sprung all over Bohol in recent years and our products are in demand all the time,” he beamed proudly.

 

“When we decided to expand in 2012, we asked the Bohol Provincial S&T Center to help us acquire a 10,000 board feet FTLD. They introduced us to DOST’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP which gave us a grant of P1 million. During our first operation in 2014, we grossed a whopping P2.5 million from a beach resort owner,” he recalled.

 

From then on, life was never the same for us. While we used to consume only 7,000 board feet of lumber per year, we now use up to 100,000 board feet of gmelina and mahogany wood annually. Our product lines grew and because we knew that we were using quality materials, we gained confidence in dealing with our buyers, he said.


Clients, he said, became aware of the value of kiln-dried lumber and learned to trust our products. We were able to pay the SETUP grant after one year and later on bought a big lot where we put up another store and a showroom. The dryer also created jobs for people in the community as we trained and hired operators, he narrated.

 

 

 

“We never expected this kind of success and we are very thankful for everything that the FTLD has brought to us,” Sumampong admits.

 

“For now, we do not have plans of adding more units to our factory. We simply want to use our dryer to bring to our clients wood products that will last for a long time because these have been dried the best way possible.” (Rizalina K. Araral & Anita A. Decena, DOST)

 

 

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