Western Mindanao State University’s Fiberboard Utility Model, which was recently granted with an exclusive property right by the Intellectual Property Rights Philippines-Bureau of Patents, won the best poster presentation during the recently conducted Forests and Natural Resources Research Society of the Philippines, Inc.’s (FORESPI) 10th Annual Symposium.
Mrs. Hideliza B. Rabajante-Saipudin, proponent of the “Medium Density Chicken Feather Fiberboard Overlaid with Mangium Veneers” received the award on October 23, 2013 at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.
The technology that Saipudin created granted WMSU the exclusive right to manufacture, use, sell or import the utility model within a period of seven years throughout the Philippines. Moreover, it was also given the Best Paper Award for the Research Category and First Place for the Poster Category during the Symposium of Research and Development Highlights conducted by WESMARRDEC (Western Mindanao Agricultural and Aquatic Research and Resource Center) on August 22.
Unlike commercial Medium Density Fiberboards (MDF) that are created from wood, Saipudin’s Medium Density Chicken Feather Fiberboard uses chicken feather fibers for the manufacture of MDF—a conventional way of turning chicken feather wastes into something functional and productive. This also contributes to the preservation of natural resources like wood since it can be substituted for furniture applications, interior furnishings, paneling, insulation, ceilings and other products that require wood.
FORESPI, which granted the award to Saipudin, is a professional organization of researchers in forestry and other related fields in the academe, industry, research and government. The annual symposium and general assembly meeting are the major activities of the society. The event encourages active participation of the members in research and development of forest and natural resources including policy formulation and advocacy. It provides opportunity for the update of current researches in forestry and related fields as well as on national issues that impact forestry and natural resources.
Saipudin, a faculty member of the College of Forestry and Environmental Studies-WMSU for 26 years is a graduate of BS Forest Products Engineering from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, finishing her Master of Science in Forestry, Major in Wood and Science Technology at the same university in 2009. (WMSU Press Release)