Agriculture - - Her Own Niche -

DENIK WOOD EN­TER­PRISE, one of the coun­try’s largest wood treat­ment com­pa­nies, re­cently re­ceived help from the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy’s For­est Prod­ucts Re­search and De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute in re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing its plant in Mata­lam, North Cota­bato. Ac­cord­ing to Forester Catal­ino Pabuayon, “Com­pany owner Ren­nilo Or­di­nario asked our help be­cause of prob­lems he en­coun­tered while treat­ing the raw ma­te­rial for his wooden pal­lets. The chem­i­cals were not pen­e­trat­ing the wood com­pletely and some parts of his vac­uum treat­ment fa­cil­ity had bro­ken down.”

Pal­lets are plat­form de­vices that hold one or more cargo packages in a group, al­low­ing a load to be trans­ferred and stored as a unit. Along with fork­lift trucks, pal­lets make it eas­ier to ship and store all sorts of commodities around the world. The surge in the de­mand for lo­cal wooden pal­lets be­gan with the on­set of glob­al­iza­tion in the 1990s.

“Denik Wood En­ter­prise has been mak­ing wooden pal­lets for al­most 20 years now, and has al­ways made sure that its prod­ucts are ei­ther heat or vac­uum-treated,” says Pabuayon. “This is in com­pli­ance with the In­ter­na­tional Stan­dards For Phy­tosan­i­tary Mea­sures No. 15 or ISPM 15.

“ISPM 15 re­quires con­cerned com­pa­nies to ster­il­ize wood ma­te­ri­als used to trans­port prod­ucts be­tween coun­tries so as to pre­vent the in­ter­na­tional spread of dis­ease and in­sects that can ad­versely af­fect plants and ecosys­tems. Fail­ure to con­form to the direc­tive means that the pack­ag­ing ma­te­rial will not re­ceive the cru­cial seal from the In­ter­na­tional Plant Pro­tec­tion Con­ven­tion” says Pabuayon.

Denik Wood En­ter­prise uses as much as 65,000 board feet of wood a month from in­dus­trial plan­ta­tion species and sup­plies wooden pal­lets to some of the coun­try’s big­gest fruit ex­porters. (RIZALINA K. ARARAL, S&T ME­DIA SER­VICE)

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