THE Philippine Wood Expo 2019 with the theme “A Greener Economy through a Wooden World,” was held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on October 21 and 22 and drew participants from Asia, Africa, and Europe came from various countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
“There is growing interest in wood as a material and this event showcased exciting developments in the wood industry that promises to propel it forward. We are looking forward to highlighting the Philippines as one of the global leaders in terms of wood technology,” said Charlie Liu, chairman of the Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA).
Industry experts discussed the most pressing issues and developments in the industry today. Among these topics were: Understanding the Proposed Sustainable Forest Management Bill by Tommy Valdez of Filipino Foresters Inc.; Demand and Supply-Side Measures in Support of Legal and Sustainable Trade by Bruno Cammaert, forestry officer of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) regional office for Asia and the Pacific; and, Wood in Construction: An Option or A Necessity by Jon Ander Bilbao, lead architect of Goudie Associates.
“We hope that attendees learned more about the local and global wood industry and the trends that are shaping its future. We believe that through activities like the Philippine Wood Expo 2019, we can help build greater support for the usage of wood,” said Liu.
This is the second time that the PWPA is holding the Philippine Wood Expo; the first was in 2016. The event brought together representatives of various sectors such as: forest management and development, manufacturing, processing, distribution, and marketing of wood products.
Government officials and communities who directly benefit from the wood sector also joined the the Philippine Wood Expo.
For more information about the PWPA, visit http://www.pwpa.org.ph.