DOST-Calabarzon trains victims of Taal Volcano eruption on plastic bricks production

Published November 25, 2021, 9:33 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) through its Provincial Science and Technology Centre (PSTC) in Batangas continued implementing programs seeking to help the victims of the Taal Volacano eruption get back on their feet.


The DOST-Calabarzon said it is committed to spinoff technology-based applications to help communities rebuild their socio-economic well-being through the implementation of the project entitled “Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) for Disaster-Stricken Areas in Batangas Province”.

The phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano on Jan. 12, 2020 affected thousands of residents in Batangas province.

“As one of the municipalities affected, LGU Laurel continuously receives various S&T-based interventions such as livelihood projects, capacity building activities for communities, establishment of community enterprises, and layered maps generation among others,” the DOST-Calabarzon said in a statement on Thursday, Nov. 25.

A training on plastic bricks production using the plastic densifying technology developed by the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) was conducted on Nov. 4, 2021. The initiative was aimed at supporting the establishment of a plastic bricks production enterprise for Molinete Ecobricks and Blocks Producers Association.

Experts from DOST-ITDI led the training which includes lecture, overview of the styro/plastic densifier, actual demonstration, and post-training examination.

Senior Science Research Specialist Engr. Joannalene T. Tuazon led the discussions on the styro/plastic densifier technology, styro/densifier facility requirements, and safety measures and maintenance.

Science Research Technician III Benjamin A. Santos, on the other hand, covered topics on the pre-operating procedures and the recycling process using the styro/plastic densifier equipment.

The participants were able to produce “good quality” plastic bricks during the training. Experts gave their inputs on how the participants can further improve their output.