Representatives of the Cardona Multipurpose Cooperative expressed interest in adopting bamboo musical instrument (BMI) technology developed by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FPRDI ).
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la PeÃ±a said cooperative members were keen to adopt BMI technology after visiting FPRDI’s BMI Innovation Center in Los BaÃ±os, Laguna, to test the bamboo marimba prototype.
âCardona Multipurpose Cooperative manufactures engineered bamboo products and wants to add IMC to its product lines and promote the city of Cardona for its bamboo musical instruments. Two of their instrumentalists tried out the marimba and enjoyed playing melodies, âhe said in a recorded report.
Established in September 1986, Cardona Multipurpose Cooperative is a medium-sized cooperative dedicated to loans, rice trading, water supply system and bamboo processing. It is based on Patunhay, Cardona, Rizal.
De la PeÃ±a said the BMI innovation research and development (R&D) program aims to apply science to the development and improvement of BMIs.
âIt seeks to improve processing and speed up production of these instruments using locally developed technologies,â he said.
âThe program also strives to awaken public appreciation for IMCs and how these relate to the lives of indigenous groups,â he added.
The BMI program is jointly implemented by DOST-FPRDI, the Center for Ethnomusicology of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Electronics and Electrical Engineering Institute and the Philippine Normal University with the financial support of the program. DOST Grants-in-Aid (GIA).
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