The President of the Pallet Business Association of the Philippines (PBAP) recently thanked the Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) for its strong technical support to the members of her organization.

Ms. Xenia A. Gabayan expressed her appreciation during an episode of the TV show “DOSTv” where she was a featured guest. “For many years now, the Institute has been there to help meet our most important technical needs,” she said. “They have assisted us with their testing services, wood moisture meter, lumber dryer, and heat treatment facility.”

“Thru testing, we can know the strength and durability of our products, while thru the wood moisture meter, we can check how much water is present in our materials. Strength and moisture are critical factors to consider for any producer who wants to make quality pallets.”

A pallet is a platform device used for supporting goods while they are transported in warehouses, manufacturing plants, or vehicles. Usually made of wood, pallets are an indispensable tool for the efficient movement of goods worldwide.

According to Gabayan, “The PBAP is made up of 12 private companies which are involved in the pallet industry either as pallet makers, traders or service-providers. Aside from availing of the DOST-FPRDI’s testing services and the moisture meter, several PBAP’s members have also adopted the Institute’s lumber dryer, while others are now using its pallet heat treatment facility.

“The goal of our organization is to produce globally competitive Philippine-made pallets and we are happy that with FPRDI’s consistent technical help, we are one step closer to our goal.” ### (Rizalina K. Araral)