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DOST Bukidnon turnovers the Charcoal Briquetting Technology of DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) to the Malaybalay City Federation of Local Councils of Women’s Incorporated (MCFLCW) - a Bukidnon-Tagolwanen Indigenous People Women’s Association of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon (DOST-Bukidnon) grants DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute's (DOST-FPRDI's) Charcoal Briquetting Technology to the Malaybalay City Federation of Local Councils of Women Incorporated (MCFLCW) on July 6, 2021.

MCFLCW is a federation of Bukidnon-Tagolwanen Indigenous People in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. It is operating a Central Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and a buying station for recyclable materials.

Rapid population growth in the city due to natural increases and the influx of migrants from neighboring places has caused a greater volume of waste. An average of 20,548 kg/day of wastes is brought to the city’s disposal facility daily. Most of this comes from the wastes generated by households, institutions, commercial establishments, and street sweepings. Out of the average volume, wastes from the household rank first at 52.24 %.

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), together with DOST-X, proposed a livelihood project using Charcoal Briquetting Technology. The project employs 25 women from MCFLCW, at the same time, reduces the volume of waste products in the composting facility. The waste reduction process is through diverting biodegradable wastes collected into charcoal briquettes.

Charcoal Briquette is a compacted mass of fuel material made from charcoal fines and binder and molded under pressure. It is less messy than ordinary charcoal and easier to handle because it is compact and uniform in size. Also, it easily ignites, burns more slowly, giving more intense heat per unit volume, and is almost smokeless when burning.

Moreover, DOST-X shall conduct skills enhancement training and proper handling of the Charcoal Briquetting Technology to maximize efficiency and productivity of the federation.

Using the technology from DOST-FDRDI, the MCFLCW federation is hopeful that the project will expand and can soon provide green charcoal to the local food stalls and establishments that utilize charcoal for cooking to further help in the city's Solid Waste Management program. (Canish Santizas, DOST-Bukidnon)