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Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (third from right) together with Assistant Secretary Blesila A. Lantayona (second from left) and Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC) Executive Director Franklin P. Bunoan (right) pose with (from left) Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) National Vice President for Promotions Leonor D. Abella, PHILEXPORT Region 10-B Chapter President Fidelito J. Soco, and PHILEXPORT President Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis Jr. in front of a bamboo emergency shelter during launching of the Philippine Bamboo Showcase on September 2, 2014 at the Design Center Philippines (DCP), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City. This bamboo shelter is one of the prototypes that DTI is promoting as an alternative temporary shelter for calamity victims. It is made of 98 percent bamboo, and can be easily assembled, disassembled, and moved to several locations. Soco is also the proprietor and manager of the New Central Woodcraft, the producer of temporary shelters made of bamboo. (DTI-PRU)