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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