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On the vibrant grounds of ASIST's Main Campus in Lagangilang, Abra, a transformative event unfolded on February 26, 2024. The Bamboo Textile Fiber Extraction Re-training, an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI), supported by ASIST President Dr. Gregorio T. Turqueza Jr., and guided by the expertise of Research and Development Director Dr. Pablo B. Bose Jr. and Deputy Director Dr. Nero M. Paderes, marked a significant leap towards sustainable innovation.

The day commenced with the eager registration and attendance of participants, setting the event for a dynamic learning experience. The diverse group included ASIST Forestry Faculty, ASIST Research and Development Department staff, and representatives from the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Licuan-Baay, Boliney, Nagtipulan, and San Isidro in Abra province.

Engr. Karl Marx Lennin A. Florante, a Science Research Specialist from DOST-PTRI, extended a warm welcome to the participants, emphasizing the importance of their role in advancing bamboo textile fiber extraction techniques. His message set the tone for a day dedicated to hands-on learning and collaboration.

Following the welcome message, Engr. Kent Melvin R. Gomez, a Science Research Assistant from DOST-PTRI, provided a concise yet crucial review of Standard Operating Procedures and safety protocols. This ensured that participants were well-prepared for the practical aspects of the training, highlighting the commitment to a secure and efficient learning environment.

The participants, ranging from ASIST's esteemed Forestry Faculty to dedicated Research and Development Department staff and LGU representatives, embarked on a journey of skill enhancement and knowledge exchange. The training sessions delved into advanced techniques and methodologies for bamboo textile fiber extraction, aligning with the broader vision of sustainable practices and innovation.

As the day unfolded, collaborative discussions, hands-on activities, and expert guidance from DOST-PTRI facilitators created an atmosphere of shared learning and exploration. The initiative not only aimed at upgrading the skills of the participants but also at fostering a community of innovators committed to the sustainable development of the region.

The Bamboo Textile Fiber Extraction Re-training, with its strong foundation in collaboration, guidance from ASIST's leadership, and expertise from DOST-PTRI, laid the groundwork for a future where bamboo emerges as a key player in sustainable textile innovation. The event not only imparted technical know-how but also ignited a spirit of enthusiasm and commitment that is poised to leave a lasting impact on the landscape of ASIST and the communities it serves. Source: University of Abra - Research and Development Department Main Campus