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DOST advises LGUs to become familiar with charcoal briquette

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) asked local government agencies on Friday to think about establishing charcoal briquette enterprises in their different regions to give their residents an alternative source of income.

The Director of the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), Romulo Aggangan, stated that the department is open to setting up a plan for training LGUs in charcoal briquette.

According to him, customers can watch the lectures and audio-visual presentations on how to create briquettes on the FPRDI YouTube (channel) for up-to-date information.
According to him, the FPRDI can offer training in the neighborhood upon demand. Participants could pick up tips on manufacturing briquettes and charcoal.

The DOST claims that charcoal briquettes are more effective than regular charcoal because they burn longer, ignite more easily, produce a lot of heat, and emit very little smoke.

Farmers in Santa Magdalena, Sorsogon received training from the FPRDI last month on how to make charcoal briquettes. According to Aggangan, “The LGU asked it so that the beneficiaries may have a backup source of income, like a small business in the neighborhood.

Aggangan reported that the DOST provincial office has expressed its willingness to help the province when it decides to move forward with the project, despite the fact that no discussions regarding additional support have yet taken place.

DOST V Regional Director Rommel Serrano told the PNA in a separate interview that the Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) in Sorsogon has not yet had formal coordination with the Santa Magdalena LGU regarding the project and that the office is awaiting the LGU’s decision on whether to move forward with the acquisition of equipment for that technology.

Serrano continued by saying that the PSTO-Sorsogon had promised to offer support to the FPRDI should the training recipients opt to move forward with the project.

The process of making charcoal briquettes out of readily available biomass materials, including bamboo, maize cobs, and rice husk, is covered in the course.

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