Filipina lawmaker promotes DOST-FPRDI bamboo-framed face shield

The bamboo-framed face shield developed by the Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently caught the attention of a congresswoman who is an advocate of using Filipino-made products.

Representative Ann K. Hofer, 2nd District Representative of Zamboanga Sibugay and Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, used the bamboo-framed face shield during the Working Group Caucus of the 11th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) last 14 August 2020.

Wearing the bamboo-framed face shield during the meeting, Rep. Hofer facilitated the discussion on “Mitigating Risks and Strengthening Economic Resilience in the Period of Pandemic.” She was joined in the video conference by international delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, thus enabling her to showcase our very own innovation to combat the spread of COVID-19 disease.

“We are thankful to the support given by the members of the House of Representatives to this initiative,” said DOST-FPRDI Director Romulo T. Aggangan. According to him, a number of representatives have either commended or signified interest in adopting the bamboo-framed face shield including Ilocos Sur 1st District Rep. Deogracias Victor B. Savellano, Marikina 2nd District Rep. Stella Luz A. Quimbo, and Manila 4th District Rep. Edward V. Maceda.