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Future Paths in Agarwood Research with CvSU

The recent Biology Learning Exchange & Networking Discussions (BLEND) of Cavite State University (CvSU) on Agarwood Production last Monday June 10, 2024 concluded with great success. Esteemed speakers Dr. Antonio C. Laurena, Research Professor 8 of Biochemistry-Analytical Services Laboratories, Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), College of Agriculture and Food Science, UP Los Baños; Mr. Manuelito R. Putong, Founding Chairman of Oud Philippine Growers Federation of Agriculture Cooperative (OPGFAC); and Mr. Jeroen Lauri P. Joyel, Vice-President of Putz Agarwood Farm Corp shared their valuable insights on this critical topic. The event saw enthusiastic participation from BS Biology students, faculty members, and university staff.

Following the engaging session, the speakers, along with Dr. Lloyd O. Balinado, Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Chairperson, Dr. Armi Grace B. Desingaño, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean, and Dr. Hosea L. Matel (Makapuno Research and Development,. Innovation and Resource Center (MRDIRC) Director, paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Melbourne R. Talactac, Vice President for Research and Extension. This collaborative effort highlights our commitment to advancing biological sciences, particularly in enhancing Agarwood production and sustainability. This event marks just the beginning of a promising future research collaboration.

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Usec Buendia heads the FPRDI Director Search

The search is on for Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Forest Products Research Development Institute (FPRDI) Director headed by DOST Under Secretary Dr. Leah J. Buendia (Center) for Research and Development.

Members of the said Search Committee is Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Executive Director Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora (right), DOST-FPRDI Employees Association President For. Moreno L. Santander, Jr. (2nd from right), Oud Philippine Growers Federation of Agriculture Cooperative (OPGFAC) Founding Chairman MR. Manuelito R. Putong (Left), DOST-FPRDI Retired Director Dr. Romulo Aggangan (2nd from left), DOST-Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) Director Dr. Julius L. Leaño Jr. (3rd from left) and DOST CALABARZON Regional Director Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit (not in the photo).

The FPRDI is mandated to conduct research and development (R&D) on wood and non-wood forest products, transfer technologies and provide technical services and training.

We have a new DOST-FPRDI Director by July 2024 as per Search Committee Secretariat.

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National Agarwood Summit 2025

Oud Philippine Growers Federation of Agriculture Cooperative (OPGFAC), the tertiary cooperative (National Federation) of Agarwood Agriculture Cooperatives from Regional Federation and Primary Cooperatives nationwide together with the DENR- Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) as host would like to invite you to participate in National Agarwood Summit in addressing relevant issues in agarwood industry on the first quarter of year 2025.


  1. DENR – Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) – Discussing salient features of the NEW guidelines of agarwood plantation and export procedures of wildlife flora.
  2. DENR-Forest Management Bureau (FMB) – Discussing the reforestation program with tenurial documents holders like CBFMA in collaboration with Agarwood Primary Agriculture Cooperatives and the Carbon Credit project details presentation.
  3. DENR-CENRO – Private Lands plantation registration presentation with discussion on DENR GeoCam app
  4. DOJ-LRA Registry of Deeds – Amnesty program for processing transfer land titles 
  5. Department of Agriculture (DA) – Registration and accreditation of Civil Society. Bureau of Plant and Industry (BPI) – Accreditation process and Photo Sanitary Inspection and Certificate Issuance
  6. Philippine Genom Center – Dr. Antonio C. Laurena – Application to Plantation Management of Bari Grow, Bari Bloom and Bari Nutrient Fruiting Solution presentation.
  7. DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) – Nano-Inoculant application in relation to inoculation of matured agarwood trees. 
  8. DOST-Forest Products Research Development Institute (FPRDI) – forest products utilization particularly for distillation and production of essential oils research.
  9. DTI – Shared Service Facility Program on processing herbal leaf tea and steam distillation facility for extraction of essential oils.
  10. Primary + Secondary Cooperatives – consolidated major issues and concerns per region presentation (if there’s any).