DENR-11 to Confiscate 14 Vans of Illegal Lumber

After the conduct of Administrative Proceedings, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-11) will confiscate the 14 (20 footer) vans loaded with Acacia Mangium and Gmelina pallet board components with estimated volume of 92,528 board feet which were apprehended last August 26, 2013 at the Marianas Express Line Phil., Inc., TEFASCO, Ilang Davao City.

The said pallet boards for export and consigned to Yenong Lung Enterprises Co. Ltd. based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan were transported out of the processing plant of Peter-Helen Wood Industry in Carmen, Davao del Norte without necessary transport documents, thus violating Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 as amended of the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines. Possession of timber and other forest products including processed wood as well as lumber without legal documents is a violation of the law. 

Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer-Davao City East Bernardino S. Juson said that the shipper’s mere violation is actually its failure to secure transport permit documents from the DENR, hence the recommendation for confiscation. “Acacia Mangium and Gmelina are planted species, so harvesting of these are allowed,” Juson added.

In a sworn statement submitted by the General Manager of Peter-Helen Wood Industry, Mr. Eugene T. Fernandez, stated that he directed the movement of the 14 container vans from Carmen to Sasa Pier pending the completion of the Certificate of Verification Clearance (CVC) documents from the DENR because the pallet boards need to be shipped on a particular date which is August 27, 2013. According to Fernandez, the shipment is necessary so the plant can get the proceeds from the shipment just in time for the salary of the employees.

One reason cited by Fernandez for failure to get the CVC was the holiday on August 21, 2013 and the long weekend from August 24-26, 2013. August 26 is a working holiday for the company which was also the date when the vans were apprehended.

Fenandez in his statement also pointed out that their wood processing plant is duly registered and is engaged in the production and export of wooden pallet components made from planted species such as Acacia Mangium and Gmelina.

On the other hand, DENR-XI Regional Technical Director for Forestry Lourdes C. Wagan disclosed that the Peter-Helen Wood Industry is very compliant to DENR laws and regulations, however, they failed this time. “We are just implementing the law and we are resolute to implement forestry laws to the fullest without fear and favor,” Wagan added.

The apprehension of the 14 vans was a joint operation of the Philippine Coast Guard headed by Lt. Roy Sumayao, personnel of the Bureau of Customs Leonard George Carillo and some personnel of the DENR assigned at the Port Integrated Clearance Office. (DENR-XI/PR)

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Thousands of Volunteers Commit to Join TreeVolution

Thousands of volunteers have already registered and committed to join the simultaneous tree planting on September 26, 2014 dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW”.  This activity is an initiative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
 
TreeVolution is an attempt of the Mindanao Region to break a Guinness World Record for most trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations in one hour.  It aims to plant 4.6 million trees covering 9,200 hectares from 8:30 to 9:30 in the morning from Region 9 to Caraga Region including the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). 
 
Record-holder of the said category is India wherein a total number of 1,945,535 trees were planted by 340,200 participants in 408 locations.
 
In Region XI, DENR Regional Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada said that it has a target to plant 2,158,408 seedlings covering a total of 4,096 hectares.  “In Region XI alone, we can already break the record of India,” he said.
 
Fragada also said that the attempt also aims to achieve the National Greening Program (NGP) target of Mindanao for 2014.  National Greening Program is one of the priority programs of the government that aims to plant 1.5 billion trees within 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016.  For 2014, Region XI has a target to plant 8.8 million trees covering a total of 16,223 hectares.
 
“Attempting to break a Guinness World Record is just an added incentive.  Our true aim really is to create awareness and entice people to join in this tree planting activity for this is also showing to everybody that this is what Mindanao is doing to increase its forest cover and to mitigate the effects of Climate Change,” Fragada added.
 
Participants mobilized by DENR and MinDA for the TreeVolution activity are: Mindanao-wide Cooperatives; River Basin Organizations; Local Chief Executive Confederation; Business Chambers; Junior Chamber of Commerce; Academe; Peace and Development Communities; Religious Sectors; Media; Private Sectors; Youth Sectors, Women Sectors; People’s Organizations; National Government Agencies; Local Government Units; Mining and Industrial Companies and; Wood Processing Plants among others. (DENR-XI PR)

Photo Releases

CENR Officer Samuel Naong (middle) of Davao City West plants Malibago seedlings along Brgy. Talomo shoreline in celebration for the Ocean Month. With Naong are Talomo Barangay Captain Artemio Jimenez (left) and Kiwanis District Governor Gabrielito A. Prado (right).

RED Joselin Marcus E. Fragada updates the Davao City Press on DENR-XI’s implementation on the National Greening Program and the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign during the weekly “Kapihan sa PIA”.

DENR-XI’s Environmental Exhibit held at SM Premier Lanang in celebration for Earth 2014.

Enlisted men of the Philippine Navy plants Narra seedlings along the riverbank of Brgy. Tambongon, Lasang, Davao City in celebration of Arbor Day 2014.

DENR-XI employees plant falcatta, rubber and cacao species within the 5-hectare area of Sitio Kibangay, Brgy. Suawan, Marilog District, Davao City. The tree planting activity is in line with the Arbor Day 2014 Celebration.

Davao Oriental together with DENR-XI celebrates the inscription of Mt. Hamiguitan Range and Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) in UNESCO World Heritage List.

Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon answers all queries from the press regarding the recent inscription of Mt. Hamiguitan Range and Wildlife Sanctuary in UNESCO World Heritage List. With Malanyaon are Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino and DENR-XI Regional Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada.

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