The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI recently donated a total of 8 container vans of confiscated lumbers to the Department of Education (DepEd-XI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the City Government of Mati, Davao Oriental at the National Maritime Corporation (NMC) Container Yard, Sasa Port, Davao City.
Through signing the Deed of Donation, DENR donated 4 container vans having a total of 4,075 pieces of lumbers with an equivalent volume of 92.32 cu.m. to DepEd through the Local Government Units of Davao City. Two (2) container vans having a total of 1,543 pieces of lumbers with an equivalent volume of 36.14 cu.m. were also donated to TESDA through Congresswoman Mylene J. Garcia-Albano of Davao City’s 2nd District and another 2 container vans with a total of 614 pieces of lumbers with an equivalent volume of 17.68 cu.m. were also donated to DepEd of Mati, Davao Oriental. The lumbers that were donated are of mixed Dipterocarp that were part of the 18 container vans apprehended last July 6, 2012 at Sasa Wharf, Davao City.
The said 18 vans with a volume of 362.50 cu.m. undocumented lumbers were seized by the joint operatives of the DENR, the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (NILTF) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-XI). These were misdeclared as cement and believed to be a spill-over of the 55 container vans that were seized in Manila last June 27, 2012.
Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio emphasized in his message that the said donation is legal and is in consonance with Section 2, Article 2.7 of Executive Order No. 23 that DepEd is given the priority in the use of all confiscated logs to help address the lack of desks, chairs and other public school fixtures. Executive Order No. 23 or the “moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forest” was issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III on February 1, 2011.
DENR-XI has already donated 9,941.11 cu.m. of confiscated logs and lumbers since January 2011 to September 2012. To date, Davao del Norte, through the initiative of Mayor Rey T. Uy has already manufactured 67,042 units of school fixtures while Davao Oriental has already manufactured 863 units through the initiative of Congressman Thelma Z. Almario of District II.
Signing the Deed of Donation were DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, School Division Superintendent Helen D. Paguican of DepEd Davao City, Regional Director Gaspar S. Gayona of TESDA and Schools Division Superintendent Reynaldo M. Guillena of DepEd Mati, Davao Oriental. Also signing as witnesses were Congresswoman Garcia-Albano, Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy, Regional Technical Director for Forestry Lourdes C. Wagan, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Glenn Adonis M. Rico of Davao del Sur and Community ENR Officer (CENRO) Cleotilde O. Penonia of Davao Oriental. (DENR-XI PR)