DENR turnovers seized lumber to DepEd

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Bicol will be donating 25,000 board feet of wood products to the Department of Education (DepEd) for use in the construction of classrooms, desks, chairs and other educational facilities.

DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada ordered recently the speedy transfer of the confiscated forest products in line with a previous directive of Sec. Ramon Paje that all confiscated logs and lumbers should be donated to the DepEd instead of auctioning to curb shadowy practices wherein unscrupulous financiers benefitted.

Fragada said the donation of confiscated logs and lumbers is one of the priority programs of the DENR this year, adding that field officers are preparing all legal instruments for the handover.

Out of the total volume, 17,000 board feet of confiscated logs and lumbers will be granted to the DepEd Camarines Norte Division Office.

Camarines Norte Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Elpidio Orata reported that these logs shall be made available to DepEd once the memorandum of agreement is signed by DENR, DepEd and the provincial government of Camarines Norte.

“The logs and lumbers were confiscated by operatives of a joint task force from DENR, Phil. Army and Phil. National Police. The confiscated lumber materials were abandoned inside the Bicol National Park in Camarines Norte. At present, these confiscated lumbers are under the safekeeping of the provincial government  and impounded in their motor pool at Vinzon, Camarines Norte”, Orata said.

Nationwide, the reported wood products already donated by DENR to DepEd totaled to 1,273,685.67 board feet, which is equivalent to 2,474 arm chairs, 124 units of desks, three table set, seven cabinets, 42 units of buildings repaired, and used as materials in a city hall renovation and a low-cost housing in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. –Jessel S. Basanta

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