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The Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST) in Partnership of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) marked the commencement of a groundbreaking training program focusing on Natural Dye and Extraction Applications. The event, which took place on February 20-23, 2024, was held at the Bamboo Textile Fiber Innovation Hub on ASIST's Main Campus in Lagangilang, Abra.

The training, spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI), received significant support from ASIST President, Dr. Gregorio T. Turqueza Jr. A pivotal role in facilitating the collaboration with ASIST Director for Research and Development Dr. Pablo B. Bose Jr., and Dr. Nero M. Paderes, the Deputy Director for Research and Development, also contributed to the success of the event.

In a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering innovation and sustainable practices, Dr. Gregorio T. Turqueza Jr., the esteemed President of Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST), delivered an inspiring opening speech and expressed his enthusiasm for the training program, stating, "By this, we can create micro, small, medium enterprises where all our participants here and some of our constituents in our province will be benefited." His words reflected the institute's commitment to not only academic excellence but also to creating tangible opportunities for its community members.

ASIST Forestry faculties, Bamboo Project Staffs, an educator from Peñarrubia Abra, and LGU representatives from Licuan-Baay and Mudiit Dolores are the participants of the training. The event showcased the academic depth, hands-on experience, educational vision, and community-focused perspective of the participants. Through engaging activities and discussions, the training fostered collaboration, highlighting the interconnectedness of different sectors in driving sustainable development.

The training not only emphasized the technical aspects of natural dyeing but also aimed to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit among the participants. Dr. Turqueza's vision of creating micro, small, and medium enterprises align with ASIST's broader mission of contributing to the socio-economic development of the province.

The venue, the Bamboo Textile Fiber Innovation Hub, showcased ASIST's dedication to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. As participants delved into the intricacies of natural dye and extraction applications, the innovative hub provided the perfect backdrop for learning and experimentation. The Natural Dye and Extraction Applications Training served as a testament of ASIST and DOST-PTRI’s commitment to holistic education and Community Development. Source: University of Abra - Research and Development Department, Main Campus