The theme of this year’s Philippine Wood Expo, which was held at the Luzon and Mindanao Ballrooms of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza last October 21 and 22, was A Greener Economy through a Wooden World. Attendees of the event came from various countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Stakeholders from the public and private sectors also participated in the event.“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,” Charlie Liu, Chairman of PWPA said. “We are looking forward to highlighting the Philippines as one of the global leaders in terms of wood technology.”
The event also hosted several respected industry experts who discussed some of the most pressing issues and interesting developments in the industry today. Some of the topics that were tackled are: Understanding the Proposed Sustainable Forest Management Bill led by Tommy Valdez of Filipino Foresters Inc.; Demand and Supply-Side Measures in Support of Legal and Sustainable Trade with Bruno Cammaert, Forestry Officer of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific; and, Wood in Construction; An Option or A Necessity with Arch. Jon Ander Bilbao, Lead Architect of Goudie Associates, among many others.
“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,” Liu added.
This is the second time that the PWPA is holding the Philippine Wood Expo. The first was held 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 first iteration of the Philippine Wood Expo.
For more information about the PWPA, please visit http://www.pwpa.org.ph.