- The Department of Science and technology (DOST) has created face shields with bamboo frames
- The face shield frames were made from bamboo or kauayan-tinik, which is a perennial, woody-stemmed grass known for its versatile uses
- The initial 300 bamboo-framed face shields were turned over to Laguna barangays and the UPLB
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) has produced face shields using bamboo as frames.
For frontline workers in Laguna, the DOST has created a bamboo-framed face shield that will help protect them against coronavirus.
In a statement released by DOST, they proudly shared that the face shields were made from bamboo or kauayan-tinik, which is a perennial, woody-stemmed grass known for its versatile uses.
The bamboo-framed face shields were produced by a team led by DOST-FPRDI’s Mssrs. Froilan B. Samiano, Audel V. Mosteiro, Noel M. Medrano, Val DV Valderama and Engr. Cesar O. Austria.
“Our team had to improvise with the materials at hand because the enhanced community quarantine made it challenging to procure supplies,” explained DOST-FPRDI Director Romulo T. Aggangan.
They were able to produce at least 300 bamboo-framed face shields and turned them over to the University of the Philippines Los Banos, some barangays in Los Banos (LB), Laguna and rural health units of LB and Bay, Laguna to be used by medical frontliners and
polic e force. The DOST said they will be producing more in the coming weeks for distribution.
“The DOST-FPRDI is one with the science community in finding ways to protect our frontliners and the public from COVID-19. Currently, we are exploring other possible uses of forest products to help combat this global pandemic. The use of R&D and scientific facts is all the more needed to cope in these challenging times,” Aggangan said.