DENR to donate lumber for Zambo standoff victims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 January 2014 14:36

PAGADIAN CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to donate part of the forest products they confiscated in anti-illegal campaigns to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to be used in its rehabilitation efforts for the families displaced by the standoff last September in Zamboanga City.

Forest Management Services Regional Technical Director Carlito Tuballa said Friday they are now processing the papers for the donation of at least 1,000 cubic meters of confiscated forest products they have in the inventory.

Tuballa said the forest products will be turned over to the DSWD by February or as soon as the processing of the donation papers will be completed.

Tuballa said they have in the inventory a combine volume of more than 55,069.65 board feet of illegally sawn lumber and round timbers that were confiscated in series of anti-illegal campaign last year in the different parts of the region.

He said the forest products they could donate are those involved in cases that were already decided in favor of the government.

“This is because that some of the confiscated forest products are still used for evidences in the filing of cases in court against those arrested for violation of the forestry laws,” he explained.

He said the donation of forest products is in compliance with the directive of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje to help in the recovery and rehabilitation of the Zamboanga siege victims through the provision of technical assistance for the relocation of informal settlers, donations of confiscated forest products and other assistance they could provide. — Hirohito D. Cadion