A second company is now mass producing the bamboo-framed face shield developed by the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI).
Following the institute’s design and specifications, the Bataan-based QGM Plant Nursery and Garden (QGM-PNG) has recently started commercially producing the face shields.
The first company mass producing the DOST-FPRDI-developed face shield is the local government unit of Cabuyao City in Laguna province.
DOST-FPRDI gave technical assistance on the steam-bending technology—the process wherein bamboo strips for the frame are heated to flex them into the desired form.
The institute will likewise help the company with any production-related issue, and assist in technology improvement if needed.
According to its Facebook post, the QGM-PNG is currently offering a buy-5-donate-1 promo, in which for every five bamboo-framed face shield purchased, one will be donated to a frontliner.
“We are happy that more organizations are getting interested in our technology as this means more people can have access to the bamboo-framed face shield. The QGM-PNG is currently entertaining an interested buyer from the United Kingdom,” said Grecelda A. Eusebio, chief of DOST-FPRDI’s Technology Licensing and Promotion Section.
QGM-PNG and DOST-FPRDI’s memorandum of agreement for the project was signed in August.