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Shared service facility for bamboo technology launched at UPV

“The difference between a Chinese and a Filipino mind set can be seen in what they would ask a classmate upon seeing them years after graduation. The Pinoy would ask, ‘Where are you working now?’ whereas the Chinese would ask, ‘What is your business now?’”

 Engr. Wilhelm Malones, Region VI Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), shared this observation during the launching of the “Shared Service Facility for Bamboo and Wood Furniture and Interior Furnishing Manufacturers.” He pointed out that we need to change such mind set among our graduates by fostering a culture of entrepreneurship. 

The launch was held on October 19, 2015 at the UP Visayas Miagao campus and was attended by furniture makers from the neighbouring municipalities of Tigbauan, Guimbal and mostly from several barangays in Miagao.

UP Visayas has been cultivating the use of bamboo technology since 2008. DTI has always been its partner in this endeavour. With the launch of the facility wherein seven additional equipment were added through DTI funds, UPV hopes that the use of bamboo will continue to be promoted and will open door for more entrepreneurs to engage in the industry.

The equipment, amounting close to a million pesos, include, a kiln dryer, laminated press, spindle moulder, welding machine, circular saw, chain saw and an electrical portable plainer.

Atty. Ramil Naciongayo, who represented Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan said that the Mayor is highly supportive of this kind of endeavour as it will encourage the promotion of local products that will provide not only livelihood to the community but generate income for the local economy as well. 

UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa welcomed the guest along with Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn Belleza.

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